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Hybrid working: wellbeing and inclusion
Hybrid working: wellbeing and inclusion

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2.1 Statistical measures of wellbeing

The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS, 2020) measures wellbeing for young people at a national level using a series of indicators against which they ask people aged 16–19 and 20–24 years to rate their level of satisfaction with different aspects of their lives. These indicators include the following questions:

  • Personal wellbeing – e.g. are they satisfied with their lives overall; how worthwhile do they think the things they do are; how would they rate their happiness yesterday; how would they rate their anxiety yesterday?
  • Relationships – e.g. do they have people who would be there for them if they needed help; do they quarrel with a parent more than once a week; do they talk to a parent about things that matter more than once a week?
  • Health – do they have a reported disability; are they satisfied with their health; is there evidence indicating depression or anxiety; are they overweight or obese?
  • Occupation (‘what we do’) – are they unemployed; are they satisfied with their amount of leisure time; have they volunteered more than once in the last 12 months; have they engaged with/participated in an arts or cultural activity at least three times in the last year?
  • Location (‘where we live’) – have they been a victim of crime; have they felt safe walking alone after dark; have they felt they belonged to their neighbourhood; have they accessed the natural environment at least once a week in the last 12 months; are they satisfied with their accommodation?
  • Personal finance – are they satisfied with their household income; have they found it difficult to get by financially?
  • Education and skills – are they in education, employment or training (NEET); what level of education have they attained?

These questions offer a wider view of wellbeing than you may originally have considered. Some of them will be revisited in Section 3. Next, however, you’re going to look at a psychological perspective on wellbeing.