Measuring what counts: Workplace well-being of Project Professionals

Clara Cheung, Paul Bowen, Keith Cattell, Jocelyn Davis

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Workplace well-being is correlated with improved work performance. However, limited research has focused specifically on the workplace well-being levels of project professionals (PPs) who deliver strategic projects, programmes and portfolios for organisations in various industries including the construction industry. Improving PPs' workplace well-being could improve strategic project outcomes for organisations. Funded by the Association for Project Management (APM), this study measures PPs' workplace well-being using a psychometrically validated scale, the A Shortened Stress Evaluation Tool (ASSET), and benchmarks the results against normative ASSET's General Working Population 2017 database (GWP 2017) to evaluate the relative state of well-being in the project management community. Three of the ASSET core scales were used: '6 Essentials', 'Health well-being', and 'Psychological well-being' scale. Self-reported data were collected from 184 global APM members using an online survey. The results indicated that PPs' health and psychological well-being are at approaching high-risk or high risk levels in the subscale of 'Strain on psychological health' and 'Sense of purpose'. In addition, all the work stressors that affect PPs' well-being, measured by the '6 Essentials' scale (i.e., 'Resource and communication', 'Control', 'Balanced workload', 'Job security and change', 'Work relationships', and 'Job conditions') are at approaching high-risk or high risk levels. Interventions to improve PPs' wellbeing through addressing the high-risk stressors in personal, team, organisational and professional level are identified.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019


  • Workplace Well-being, ASSET, APM, Project Professionals, Stress, Psychological Health, Project Managers


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