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Work Wellbeing

You may be a human resources professional, C-suite leader, manager, employee, psychologist, academic, or student. If you’re passionate about wellbeing, the Viewpoint blog is for you.

What is work wellbeing? Research shows it’s a unique form of wellbeing that occurs just in workplaces. Based on employees’ personal values and experiences, the level of wellbeing is evident in collective attitudes, behaviours, feelings, and beliefs. High work wellbeing can be seen when employees are:

  • Energised
  • Self directed
  • Able to get on with colleagues
  • Focused on work tasks
  • Contributing positively in teams
  • Mentally and physically healthy
  • Dealing constructively with setbacks
  • Productive
  • Psychologically safe
  • Keen to develop skills, knowledge, and competence
  • Recognised and appreciated
  • Aligned with the organisation’s values

Employees know the kinds of experiences that create work wellbeing. Conversely, they also know how it’s undermined and the negative outcomes that result from destructive experiences.

It’s a fact that work wellbeing is not a ‘one size fits all’ concept. It is context specific, meaning that the form it takes is unique to a workplace. So if you want to know about work wellbeing, investigating employees’ actual experiences in the organisation is a must. This is because the factors (such as organisational purpose, task, identity, jobs, market sector, history, size, leadership, technology, employee characteristics, and culture) influencing each work setting are different.

Work wellbeing as a concept is new to organisational psychology. Research identifies the distinct dimensions that describe a local model, as well as how wellbeing and high performance are created and maintained, and what must change to lift wellbeing and performance.

Feedback and questions about work wellbeing are invited. What topics would you like to read about and discuss? Get in touch here to share your ideas, experiences and comments.

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