How can you create a healthy workplace?

A multi-faceted framework of individual well-being to support targeted health strategies in the workplace

Stressful situations, organisational change and performance pressure are part of contemporary everyday working life, which can have a knock-on effect of lowering levels of well-being in the workplace. At the same time, a workforce with high levels of well-being is likely to be more productive and satisfied. Therefore, employee well-being is a strategically important organisational behaviour for success, growth, and even survival.  However, the success of organisational well-being interventions is limited.

One reason for this could be that the specific mechanisms linking work performance to workplace health and employee well-being and their antecedents are largely unknown in the area of organisational behaviour and thus, it is not possible to run targeted interventions. Health should be considered holistically because different functions of the human body and mind influence and interact with each other. The overarching context of work also affects workplace resilience. Changes in the spatio-temporal organization of employment and work-leisure rhythms, including commuting, exercise and food consumption, can significantly affect employees’ physical and psychological health and work performance.

This project aims to synthesize current knowledge on antecedents and components of individual well-being from multiple disciplines and build a cross-disciplinary intervention framework for healthy workplaces. Funding from CINN has been used to establish a multi-disciplinary research group from different faculties across the university, and that group is currently working on the development of a research proposal. The developed framework and intervention strategies aim to help organisations create a healthy and productive work environment.

Participants:

Dr Caroline Rook, Lecturer in Leadership, Henley Business School, Centre for Leadership

Prof Claire Williams, Chair of Neuroscience, School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences

Prof Kathy Pain, Professor of Real Estate Development, Henley Business School, School of Real Estate & Planning

Dr Richard Nunes, Lecturer in Real Estate and Planning, Henley Business School, School of Real Estate & Planning