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Workplace stress of registered quantity surveyors - an international study

Thursday, 18 October 2018  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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Dear Colleague 

It is common cause that our industry is a stressful working environment. What causes this stress? What physical and mental strain are you under because of work pressures? Are you feeling burnt-out? What is the effect on your work-family balance? How does this affect your level of engagement and attitude to team work? What are YOUR feelings?

To try and answer these questions, the Department of Construction Economics and Management at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, has embarked on a project looking into occupational stress, in conjunction with the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession, using Robertson Cooper’s (UK) ASSET questionnaire. The aim is to investigate work-life balance, work relationships, work overload, job control, job satisfaction, commitment to the organisation, commitment of the organisation, team cohesion potential, resilience, physical and psychological health and psychological well-being - as perceived and experienced by registered quantity surveyors in the construction industry.

We invite all registered quantity surveyors to please respond to this survey. Thank you in advance for agreeing to do so. The survey has ethics clearance from the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at UCT. The information you provide will only be used for research purposes and it will not be possible for your individual responses to be attributed to you. Submission of the questionnaire will be deemed to be confirmation of informed consent. The main output of the study will be a report published by the researchers under the auspices of the Department of Construction Economics & Management. The anonymous data will be archived by Robertson Cooper and used in norming, but will also be used for research and dissemination purposes by the research team.

The questions are topical and relevant to all who are concerned about the well-being of people in our industry. Please record your views by linking to the questionnaire located at the following website. This survey is entirely web-based and the results are captured and processed electronically. Trials indicate that the survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete.

Please call +27 (0) 21 – 650 2452 if you have any queries. Alternatively, please email us at the email addresses shown below.

Kindly complete the survey by 31 December 2018 if at all possible.

Professors Keith Cattell and Paul Bowen                                                      

Department of Construction Economics and Management                                                  
University of Cape Town

 Click here to download the 2017 CIOB report on the state of well-being in the construction industry