Flourishing at work can be defined as a sense that life is going well and an individual is functioning well (Rautenbach, 2015) whereas languishing is the opposite to flourishing. The Flourishing-at-Work Scale Short Form (FWS-SF) measures workplace emotional, psychological and social wellbeing over the past month. Emotional wellbeing measures job satisfaction and positive affect, psychological wellbeing measures autonomy, competence, relatedness, meaning, purpose, cognitive engagement, emotional engagement, physical engagement and learning and social wellbeing measures social contribution, social acceptance, social growth, social integration and social comprehension.
The results showed that in this organisation 8% of the participants were languishing, 56% were moderately healthy and 36% were flourishing. Individuals who were flourishing tended to be in managerial and executive jobs whereas non-flourishing individuals tended to be in skilled and semi-skilled and non-managerial roles. The elements of flourishing that were less experienced were social growth, social coherence and job satisfaction.
The results suggest that the scale is valid and reliable although further research is needed in a range of industries.