What’s involved and what are the benefits?

 

What will I get out of it?

By completing the study, you will:

  • Get free access to the scientific 7-day online well-being program
  • Learn short and simple ways to boost your well-being at work
  • Be part of scientific research and contribute to something that matters
  • Feel good about helping us (the researchers)
  • Have enjoyable 5-min-breaks from your daily working routine
  • Get the chance to win a $50 gift voucher draw*

*Each of the five winners can choose between either a $50 EFTPOS gift card, a $50 iTunes voucher, a $50 Amazon voucher, or a $50 voucher for any other online shop of their choice.

What will I be asked to do?

During your participation, we’ll ask you to complete the following 4 steps. Just click on the steps for further information (estimated times are in parentheses – time that you’ll spend at work anyway ;) )

You can register with any valid email address to which the link to the survey and the exercises can be sent (click on 'PRIVACY' in the navigation bar or click here to see how we protect your anonymity). Just click "SIGN UP” on the website's navigation bar to register.
Complete the first short online questionnaire with any web‐enabled device.
For your next 7 days at work, we’ll ask you to do two things:

  • Complete a 5‐minute online exercise at your workplace on each day
    The well‐being exercises will be sent to your email address daily (just to be clear: there are no physical exercises in the program, it's about short reflective/mental exercises and simple activities).
    Don’t worry if you miss a day: you can postpone each exercise to the next day to allow for more flexibility. It’ll just take you longer than 7 days to complete all of them.
  • Answer a few questions about each exercise
    Each time before you start a new exercise, you‘ll be asked just a few questions about the previous one.
  • We’ll ask you to complete the second online questionnaire the day after you’ve finished all of the exercises, which helps us to understand the immediate effect of the 7‐day exercise program.
    Four weeks later you will be sent the link to a third online questionnaire, which helps us to measure whether the exercises have a long‐term effect.
     

    Will every participant get to complete the same well-being program?

    In the end, yes. There are two different program versions, and you will be randomly assigned to one of them after step 2. However, after you have completed all of the 4 steps, you will be offered the free option to take part in the other program. So in the end it doesn’t matter which of the groups you’ve been assigned to, as you will get to complete all the programs in any case.

    There is also a difference in the starting point of the well‐being program: You are either asked to begin with the well-being program the day after the first questionnaire (immediately afterwards, if you wish), or 6 weeks later. In case you’ve been assigned to the group commencing the well‐being program 6 weeks after step 2, the order of the 4 steps is: 1 ‐ 2 ‐ 4 ‐ 3.
    To sum up, in the end every participant will have completed the same well-being programs and the same steps, just in a different order. You will be informed after step 2 when and with which of the two programs you will be asked to begin with.


    What are the requirements for participation?

    There are just a few requirements - to learn more just click on them.
    Feel free to encourage any of your friends or family meeting these requirements to participate in our study by forwarding the web link to them. Our research project relies on a high number of participants, so please spread the word! Thank you!

    The survey is intended for anyone over 18 years of age who is employed or self-employed during the time of the study. Employment is necessary as the exercises are designed to be done during work and some of the questions asked in the survey will refer to the work place.
    You can complete the study on your laptop, computer, tablet or smartphone – you just need access to one of these devices during work and a connection to the internet!
    You can register with any email address (work-, private-, spam-, or fun- email account) which you check on a regular (best: daily) basis or which is forwarding all messages to your primarily used email address. Of course, we protect your data and your anonymity! To learn more about our data protection policy, click 'PRIVACY' on the navigation bar or click here.

    We will use your email-address only for the duration of the study to send you the links to the online questionnaires and quick reminders to do the next exercise - so you can just sit back and you don’t have to worry about reminding yourself to do the exercises.

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