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The Routledge Companion to Wellbeing at Work

ISBN 9781138955943
Published May 18, 2017 by Routledge
410 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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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.

Table of Contents

1. The state of the art of workplace wellbeing Michael P. Leiter and Cary L. Cooper

Part I Models of wellbeing

2. The resilient person and organization Jill Flint-Taylor and Alex Davda

3. Differentiating challenge, hindrance, and threat in the stress process Ben J. Searle and Michelle R. Tuckey

4. Psychological connections with work Christina Maslach and Cristina G. Banks

5. Determinants of mental health in the workplace Peter Hosie, Russel PJ Kingshott, and Piyush Sharma

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

Part II Personal qualities contributing to wellbeing

7. Character, personality, and psychological wellbeing Thomas A. Wright and Dorothy Klotz

8. Work characteristics, work-specific wellbeing, and employee sleep Christopher Budnick and Larissa Barber

Part III Job insecurity and organizational wellbeing

9. Economic stressors and wellbeing at work: multilevel considerations Tahira M. Probst, Robert R. Sinclair and Janelle H. Cheung

10. Long working hours and presenteeism in Asia: a cultural psychological analysis Luo Lu and Chun-Yi Chou

11. Workplace incivility: a critical review and agenda for research and practice Ashlyn M. Patterson, Alexandra C. Chris, and M. Gloria Gonzales-Morales

Part IV Workplace supports for wellbeing

12. Wellbeing and design at the office Chris Boyko and Rachel Cooper

13. Workplace empowerment and employee health and wellbeing Heather Spence Laschinger and Emily Read

14. Coworking communities as enablers of thriving at work Gretchen Spreitzer, Peter Bacevice, and Lyndon Garrett

15. The long-hours culture: implications for health and wellbeing Marian N. Ruderman, Cathleen Clerkin and Jennifer J. Deal

16. Rethinking work-life balance and wellbeing: the perspectives of fathers Clare Stovell, David Collinson, Caroline Gatrell, and Laura Radcliffe

Part V Initiatives to enhance wellbeing

17. Wellbeing coaching Tim Anstiss and Jonathan Passmore

18. Work and wellbeing: creating a psychologically healthy workplace Matthew J. Grawitch, David W. Ballard, and Kaitlyn R. Erb

19. Job resources as contributors to wellbeing Evangelia Demerouti, Despoina Xanthopoulou, Machteld Van den Heuvel, Lonneke Dubbelt, and Heather J. Gordon

20. Stress management techniques in the workplace Oi Ling Su

21. Physical activity and workplace wellbeing Gemma Ryde and Helen Brown

22. Essential elements of programs to improve workplace wellbeing Arla Day and Samantha A. Penney

23. Improving employee wellbeing through leadership development Maria Karanika-Murray, Henna Hasson, Ulrika Von Thiele Schwarz, and Anne Richter

24. Participatory approach towards a healthy workplace in Japan Akihito Shimazu and Daniel Goering   

25. Workplace conflict resolution interventions Debra Gilin Oore and Norman Dolan

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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.


"This volume is edited by two leading figures in research on occupational health and well-being and contains contributions from major scholars in this field. The coverage of topics is comprehensive and well organized. The volume will be a major asset to researchers and practitioners in psychology and management." –Michael O’Driscoll, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Waikato, New Zealand

"Cooper and Leiter lead outstanding teams of international scholars on the cutting edge of wellbeing at work. This five section volume delivers powerful content addressing the positive sides of the individual, the workplace, and the mechanisms for enhancing wellbeing." –James Campbell Quick, Endowed Chair, Goolsby Leadership Academy, The University of Texas at Arlington, USA

"Cooper and Leiter’s Companion provides a timely insight into the broad spectrum of research on physical and mental wellbeing at work. This is a unique and much-needed publication for scholars, students, and practitioners interested in ensuring employee health and fulfilment." –Krystal Wilkinson, Senior Lecturer, Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

"Work can cause, contribute to, or trigger disease, and very often does so (pathogenesis). But it can also be a powerful promotor of health and wellbeing (salutogenesis). Much of the outcome depends on our working and living conditions. Two eminent scientists in this field, Cary L. Cooper and Michael Leiter, focus on both of these two aspects in this new, highly knowledgeable and extremely relevant volume." –Lennart Levi, Emeritus Professor of Psychosocial Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

"This Companion provides an informative and up-to-date collection of articles by highly regarded scholars and practitioners regarding the nature, causes, and consequences of workplace wellbeing (and ill-being). Importantly, a range of practical interventions at the employee and organizational level are provided, making it a valuable resource for students, practitioners, and scholars." –Ashlea Troth, Associate Professor, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Australia