It is very easy for organizations to ignore or overlook the impact of social and commercial change-of increased pressure to deliver profit (above all else) and of transformation in the ways in which we are now working-on the mental health and, consequently, the performance of their employees. And yet there is plenty of evidence that in many workplaces, performance is down, stress is up and professional employees are struggling to balance their home and work lives. This collection, while looking at individuals, places the spotlight on organizational initiatives to support the development of attitudes, values, character and behaviors in employees. The aim of these initiatives is to increase our resilience to those experiences and events which impact on performance. There is a particular focus on managerial and professional jobs where employee discretion and commitment are critical. The Fulfilling Workplace extends the themes developed in early titles in the Psychological and Behavioral Aspects of Risk Series deeper into organizations; to explore the organization's role in coming to grips both with human frailties and toxic workplaces-both destructive to individual and organizational health.
’This book addresses individual well-being through coverage of issues such as engagement, flow, social connectivity, and personal resources. It links this to the organizational implications to do with resourcing, meaningful work, values, corporate wellness and a lack of discrimination. In so doing it brings together the views and insights of leading scholars from around the world.’ Paul R. Sparrow, Lancaster University Management School, UK ’We all want it, but how do we get it? In The Fulfilling Workplace a top-notch pair of authors addresses this question for individuals and organizations. This timely international volume not only documents major barriers to fulfilling work, but also points the way toward hopeful paths for progress. It’s essential reading for organizational scholars and business leaders alike.’ Debra Major, Old Dominion University, USA ’This volume of essays deals with vital issues in today’s workplaces - health and well-being. Each chapter critically reflects on how these can be enhanced in organisations. The authors’ accumulated knowledge and experience are clearly displayed. For researchers and practitioners, this will be a very valuable resource, as it deals with both individual-level issues (such as employee psychological well-being) and organisational practices (for instance, corporate culture and ethics) that are crucial to the enhancement of both personal and organisational health. Highly recommended!’ Michael P. O’Driscoll, University of Waikato, New Zealand ’…The fulfilling workplace is a very necessary antidote to the prevailing mood of the times in our workplaces. It holds out the hope of a future where people are no simply left to sink or swim when their health and well-being is negatively impacted by their work, but are support by the whole ethos of the organisations in which they serve…’ RoSPA Occupational Safety & Health Journal
Contents: Part I Nature of the Issues: The healthy organization: reducing high-risk individual behavior and organizational toxicity, Ronald J. Burke. Part II Optimal Individual and Organizational Outcomes: Becoming fully engaged in the workplace: what individuals and organizations can do to foster work engagement, Arnold B. Bakker, Wido G.M. Oerlemans and Lieke L. ten Brummelhuis; Experiencing flow in the workplace and what individuals and organizations can do to foster it, Evangelia Demerouti and Clive J. Fullagar; Passion in organizations, Adrian Furnham; The importance of social capital in the workplace and how individuals and organizations can support its development, Fred O. Walumba and Amanda L. Christensen. Part III Individual Resources: Person-situated dynamics and well-being at work: an achievement goal theory perspective, Christina G.L. Nerstad, Glyn C. Roberts and Astrid M. Richardsen; When pulling to the negative emotional attractor is too much or not enough to inspire and sustain outstanding leadership, Richard E. Boyatzis; The emotional intelligence response to coping with narcissism in the work place, Roy Lubit. Part IV Organizational Initiatives: Enhancing well-being in organizations through selection and development, Jill Flint-Taylor and Ivan T. Robertson; Meaningful work is healthy work, Paul Fairlie; Discrimination in the workplace and employee health, Robert L. Dipboye, Barbara A. Fritzsche and Lindsay Dhanani; Changing sexual harassment within organizations via training interventions: suggestions and empirical data, Vicki J. Magley, Louise F. Fitzgerald, Jan Salisbury, Fritz Drasgow and Michael J. Zickar; The relationship between work design and retirement: implications for organizational policy, Amanda Griffiths, Alec Knight and Nor Diana Mohd Mahudin; Creating a safe and healthy work environment: the latest thinking and research evidence, Sharon Clarke, Sara Guediri and Elinor O’Connor; Inculcating values-based leadership: one Canadian firm