Quality of Work Life (QWL) is a philosophy, a set of principles which holds that people are the most important resource in the organization as they are trustworthy, responsible and capable of making valuable contribution and they should be treated with dignity and respect . The elements that are relevant to an individual’s quality of work life include the task, the physical work environment, social environment within the organization, administrative system and relationship between life on and off the job. The evolution of QWL began in late 1960s emphasizing the human dimensions of work by focusing on the quality of the relationship between the worker and the working environment.
The term QWL was first began in the U.S. in September
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According to Loscocco and Roschelle , the most common assessment of QWL is the individual attitudes. This is because individual work attitudes are important indicators of QWL. The ways that people respond to their jobs have consequences for their personal happiness, the effectiveness of their work organizations and even the stability of society. Individuals selectively perceive and make attributions about their jobs in accordance with the expectations they bring to the workplace.
There are various knowledge, skills, and abilities that one needs in order to pursue a career in I/O psychology. One skill that is very important is communication. Another skill/ability that one needs to have is the idea of organization. Regarding a psychologist who deals with QWL, the best possible scenario would be getting a position working as a human resource manager for a corporation. In this position the individual has the most ability to put his/her skills to work in aiding the industry in taking care of its most valuable assets – the people. An additional career choice for an I/O psychologist would be one as a teacher or better yet professor to teach students and help them better understand the issues they’ll be facing when they join the work force and how to deal with them. Other