Social Indicators Research

, Volume 77, Issue 2, pp 333–368

Quality of Work Life: Theoretical and Methodological Problems, and Presentation of a New Model and Measuring Instrument



Purpose: Ever since the concept of Quality of Work Life (QWL) was first used over 30 years ago, a range of definitions and theoretical constructs have succeeded each other with the aim of mitigating the many problems facing the concept. A historical overview of the concept of QWL is presented here. Given the lack of consensus concerning the solutions that have been developed to date, a new definition of QWL is suggested, inspired by the research on a related concept, general Quality of Life (QOL) which, as the literature shows, has faced the same conceptualization and definition problems as QWL. Based on the suggested definition of QOL, a definition of QWL is provided and the measuring instrument that results therefrom (the Quality of Working Life Systemic Inventory – QWLSI) is presented. Finally, the solutions that this model and measuring instrument provide for the above-mentioned problems are discussed.


quality of work life theoretical model quality of life systemic approach 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. De PsychologieUniversité du Québec à MontréalMontréalCanada

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