1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Wellbeing at Work

Edited By Cary Cooper, Michael Leiter Copyright 2017
    410 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    410 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Over recent years, many companies have developed an awareness of the importance of an active, rather than passive, approach to wellbeing at work. Whilst the value of this approach is widely accepted, turning theory into effective practice is still a challenge for many companies.

    The Routledge Companion to Wellbeing at Work is a comprehensive reference volume addressing every aspect of the topic. Split into five parts, it explores different models of wellbeing; personal qualities contributing to wellbeing; job insecurity and organizational wellbeing; workplace supports for wellbeing; and initiatives to enhance wellbeing. The international team of contributors provide a solid foundation to research and practice, including contemporary topics such as architecture, coaching, and fitness in the workplace.

    Edited by two of the world’s leading scholars on the subject, this text is a valuable tool for researchers, students, and practitioners in HRM and organizational psychology.

    1. The state of the art of workplace wellbeing

    Part I Models of wellbeing

    2. The resilient person and organization

    3. Differentiating challenge, hindrance, and threat in the stress process

    4. Psychological connections with work

    5. Determinants of mental health in the workplace

    6. Toward evidence-based practice in organizational wellbeing: methods and measures

    Part II Personal qualities contributing to wellbeing

    7. Character, personality, and psychological wellbeing

    8. Work characteristics, work-specific wellbeing, and employee sleep

    Part III Job insecurity and organizational wellbeing

    9. Economic stressors and wellbeing at work: multilevel considerations

    10. Long working hours and presenteeism in Asia: a cultural psychological analysis

    11. Workplace incivility: a critical review and agenda for research and practice

    Part IV Workplace supports for wellbeing

    12. Wellbeing and design at the office

    13. Workplace empowerment and employee health and wellbeing

    14. Coworking communities as enablers of thriving at work

    15. The long-hours culture: implications for health and wellbeing

    16. Rethinking work-life balance and wellbeing: the perspectives of fathers

    Part V Initiatives to enhance wellbeing

    17. Wellbeing coaching

    18. Work and wellbeing: creating a psychologically healthy workplace

    19. Job resources as contributors to wellbeing

    20. Stress management techniques in the workplace

    21. Physical activity and workplace wellbeing

    22. Essential elements of programs to improve workplace wellbeing

    23. Improving employee wellbeing through leadership development

    24. Participatory approach towards a healthy workplace in Japan  

    25. Workplace conflict resolution interventions


    Sir Cary L. Cooper, CBE, is the 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at the University of Manchester, UK. He is President of the CIPD, President of the British Academy of Management, and President of RELATE. In 2015 he was number one on HR Magazine's "Most Influential HR Thinkers" list, and he received a Knighthood from the Queen in 2014 for his contributions to the social sciences.

    Michael P. Leiter is Professor of Organizational Psychology at the School of Psychology, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia. He has published widely in all the leading journals in the field, and is a global scholar on job burnout, speaking throughout the world on this topic and on organizational health and wellbeing more generally.