From work ability index and model to concrete actions. A wai student must be provided curriculum integration of work readiness skills, a careervocational assessment, and a minimum of one connecting activity and one work based learning service. The index is determined on the basis of the answers to a series of questions which take into consideration the demands of work, the workers health status and resources. Work ability of workers in different age groups in a public. Study population and methods this study used a crosssectional design with a questionnaire survey and the determination of a work ability index wai 7, 8. Our delivery of mobile occupational health assessments at convenient work site or clinic locations provides objective data to support programs to reduce workplace injuries and expedites. In this model of wai, the subscales were attributed to two factors. Work ability index 7 items current work ability compared with the lifetime best work ability in relation to the demands of the job number of current diseases diagnosed by physician estimated workimpairment due to diseases sick leave during the past year 12 months own prognosis of work ability two years from now. Data was collected using the work ability index wai translated into malay language. Validity and reliability of work ability index wai questionnaire. A wai student must be provided curriculum integration of work readiness skills, a careervocational assessment, and a minimum of one connecting activity and one workbased learning service. A very strong association between this single waiitem and the complete wai was found.
The wai is an instrument used in clinical occupational health and research to assess work ability during health examinations and workplace surveys. An exploratory study of the work ability index wai and its. Current work ability compared to lifetime best was scored on a 010 response scale, where 0 represents completely unable to work and 10 work ability at its best. It describes the work ability of the adult finnish population and is based on the data of the finnish health 2000 survey. Findings overall work ability did not differ with age, even though some of the work ability subscales showed agerelated variation.
Validity and reliability of work ability index wai questionnaire among iranian workers. The tool involves a questionnaire, which serves to conduct a selfassessment. Wai, item 2 work ability in relation to the demands of the job and item 5 sickness absence during. The work ability index waiestablishment of a german wai. Physical exercise at the workplace prevents deterioration of work. The web accessibility initiative wai develops strategies, guidelines, and resources to help make the web accessible to people with disabilities. The prevalence of work ability impairment varies between 5. Work ability index wai occupational medicine oxford. However, these models are complex and influenced by factors related to the work itself, living conditions, and health habits 10. It is evident that better quality intervention studies using the index are required to evaluate its use as an outcome measure. The work ability program provides work experience opportunities to unemployed individuals who require a job placement to overcome a barrier as identified through their employment action plan. Data were obtained from the second german sociomedical panel of employees, a largescale cohort study with postal surveys in. Results of 511 surveyed physicians, 387 76% physicians selfreported mobbing behavior in the working environment and 6 26% was exposed to persistent mobbing. Mobbing, stress, and work ability index among physicians in.
The report of work ability must either be on this form or in a report that contains the same information. The work ability index and functional capacity among older. The prognostic value of the work ability index for sickness absence. A standardized questionnaire work ability index wai was used to determine the relation between mobbing and work ability.
The book deals with questions on how health, work, competence and attitudes affect the subjective evaluation of work ability, on what the work ability of the unemployed is, and on whether the work ability of the older. This study confirms the decrease in work ability of workers while aging. Items with negative polarity should be reverse scored. Results of 511 surveyed physicians, 387 76% physicians selfreported mobbing behavior in the working environment and. In addition to this, there are further short instruments, combining several components of the wai or simply omitting the delicate wai 3 medical. Promotion of work ability and employment of ageing workers in. Application in uk workplace practice in trying to understand the current situation in relation to the use of the work ability index in the uk, the work of coomer and houdmont 20 is helpful. It focuses on the multidimensionality of work ability. Improving work ability and return to work among women. Work ability was measured by means of the work ability index wai. It covered all workers in a public health institution in. To measure work ability, the finnish institute of occupational health developed the work ability index wai. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech impairments may call relay utah by dialing 711. Selfreported work ability and work performance in workers.
A free powerpoint ppt presentation displayed as a flash slide show on id. The effects of workrelated and individual factors on the. Since the beginning, the use of work ability index wai both in research and practice has widened to various countries, and the index has been translated into 24 languages. Juhani ilmarinen finnish institute of occupational health helsinki, finland 11 th annual eupha meeting, 20. The focus is on the employees and their work ability assessed by themselves. Knowledge, skill, ability, and personal characteristic statements rating results 1 ability to compare names and numbers rapidly and accurately to complete work assignments. This book describes the work ability of workingaged finns on the basis of material from the extensive health 2000 survey. The results showed a very strong association between wai and was, and results. Work ability was assessed with a single item of the work ability index wai. To evaluate the predictive value of the work ability index wai for different indicators of the need for rehabilitation at 1year followup. The method used to assess the work ability was the work ability index wai. It offers the possibility of comparing individual departments or company sections as well as individual groups of employees and age groups according to their wai values. Towards a longer working life goteborgs universitet.
Promotion of work ability and employment of ageing workers in finland. As a result of the work in finland, the work ability index wai was developed as a measure of the perceived work ability of individuals tuomi et al. Validation of short measures of work ability for research and. Data were obtained from the second german sociomedical panel of employees, a largescale cohort study with postal surveys in 2009 and 2010. Socioeconomic conditions are important predictors of health and work ability. A method called work ability index wai was developed and tested and its guidelines were published for research and practice. The wai can be used for individual employees and groups of workers. Workability iii established in 1989, workability iii at the san diego community college district is a program dedicated to providing vocational services to students with disabilities. However, it can also be applied as an analysis tool to the whole company or the whole workforce of a company. During the next few decades the member states of the eu will be. In partnership with the california department of rehabilitation, workability iii is a part of a larger program established to assist students who are attending. Juhani ilmarinen finnish institute of occupational health helsinki, finland 11 th annual eupha meeting, 2022 november 2003 rome, italy 1. There are findings emphasizing the importance of combining sick leave with part.
The work ability index wai is a frequently used tool in occupational health to. The conceptual background of the work ability is based on the stressstrain concept and balance model, where the human resources correspond to the work demands in a healthy and safety way. Knowledge, skill, ability, and personal characteristic. Definition of worklife merge new word suggestion collins. Job content questionnaire jcq, petrochemical industry, psychosocial factors, work ability index wai work ability is a multifaceted and multidetermined concept not only associated with health but also with competence, values, the working environment and.
During the next few decades the member states of the eu will be moving into an era in which their workforces will. Work ability was measured by means of the work ability index wai which consists in a 7part selfassessment. I am using acrobat distiller, if i print out pdf from excel, doc, it will merge all page in one pdf. The array of services link provides a basis for ensuring program consistency. A workability index wai is used to measure the degree to which a workers health is adequate to meet their job demands. An individuals workability is influenced by the interaction of four domains. Healthy work in an ageing europe the 5th enwhp initiative due to the demographic change the proportion of elderly employees in european companies will increase signi.
Work ability helsinki 2008 results of the health 2000 survey work ability is an essential prerequisite for wellbeing and employment. The work ability index wai is a validated and widely used research tool. To make it easy for workplaces to assess and manage msd risks, our easytouse database includes a variety of practical tools and guidance materials developed at eu and national levels. Workability systems and its affiliated occupational health consultants is a valued resource for employers, physicians, case managers and claims representatives. It is a questionnaire to either be filled in by the person questioned or by a third person, e. In the validation process, a nonorthogonal two dimensional structure was identified.
For best results, a fully standardscompliant web browser such as firefox is highly recommended to view this web site. Ecowas and the regional integration experiences in the world. Working healthy for a better life workability systems. For a complete list, see the wai site map getting started with web accessibility. Reference data for chinese workers by age, gender and work content are poorly documented or lacking. The work ability index wai is a measuring instrument which records the work ability of employed people. Apr 14, 2006 a standardized questionnaire work ability index wai was used to determine the relation between mobbing and work ability.
Pdf determination of work ability by a work ability index short. Practical tools and guidance healthy workplaces lighten the. Our delivery of mobile occupational health assessments at convenient worksite or clinic locations provides objective data to support programs to reduce workplace injuries and expedites. Information about work ability came from the work ability index wai, and the interviewees functioning was investigated by the shortform12 health survey and by a german translation of the norwegian functioning assessment scale nfas. There are findings emphasizing the importance of combining sick leave with part time work. Developed by the finnish institute of occupational health, the work ability index is an innovative tool that can help employers read more. The work ability index as a screening tool to identify the. Workability iii san diego community college district. Correlations between work ability index items in two age groups r2 0.87 1314 396 1140 665 387 438 1291 171 1513 724 1591 29 215 713 192 284 1142 354 107 1 407 910 288 543 606 1428 760 208 1354 1303 943 363 1016 652 1295 770 856 398 1117 306