Profile of the New Zealand Workforce and their levels of wellbeing

Ann Roche, Victoria Kostadinov, Kenneth Pidd, Vinita Duraisingam, Stephen Hodge, Klare Bray

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    Introduction and Aims

    Addiction work can be highly rewarding. However, workers face significant demands. This study profiled the addiction workforce in New Zealand and identified personal and professional predictors of work engagement, quality of life (QoL) and burnout among workers.
    Design and Methods

    An online survey was administered to addiction workers in New Zealand (N=349). The survey contained 72 questions that examined workers’ demographic profile, health and wellbeing. Stepwise multiple linear regressions were conducted to identify factors that predicted engagement QoL and burnout.

    Respondents were primarily women (71%) aged 40‐59 years (60%). Most (59%) had been in their current role for less than five years. Sixteen percent identified as Māori. Levels of QoL, resilience, engagement and job satisfaction were high. However, dissatisfaction was reported with workloads, job security and remuneration. The strongest predictor of engagement was supervisor support, accounting for 15% of the variance. Other predictors were resilience, health and time spent on social activities. The strongest predictor of burnout was resilience, accounting for 32% of the variance. Other predictors included a workload, health and performance feedback. The strongest predictor of QoL was health, accounting for 49% of the variance. Other predictors were resilience and work/life balance.
    Discussions and Conclusions

    Levels of wellbeing in the New Zealand addiction workforce are generally high, however dissatisfaction with some aspects of working conditions was reported. Enhancing worker wellbeing is a priority, in order to enhance client outcomes, fulfil duty of care obligations, and support, maintain and retain workers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    Event2018 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference - Auckland, New Zealand
    Duration: 4 Nov 20187 Nov 2018


    Conference2018 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference
    Abbreviated titleAPSAD 2018
    Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


    • Addiction


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