1st Edition

Well-being and Performance at Work The role of context

Edited By Marc van Veldhoven, Riccardo Peccei Copyright 2015
    174 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    174 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    174 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    Psychology has been interested in the well-being and performance of people at work for over a century, but our knowledge about both issues, and how they relate to each other, is still evolving. This important new collection provides new understandings on what it means to work productively while also feeling happy, socially related and healthy.

    Including contributions from a range of international experts, the book begins with a conceptual framework for understanding both concepts, before showing how a variety of different contexts, both organizational and personal, impact upon well-being and performance. The book includes chapters on specific job roles, from creative work to service positions, as well as the importance of HR policies and how the individual worker can determine their own well-being and performance.

    Also featuring a chapter on researching this fascinating area, Well-being and Performance at Work will be essential reading for all students and researchers of organizational or occupational psychology, HRM and business and management. It is also hugely relevant for any professionals interested in the productivity and well-being of their organizations.

    1. Contextualizing individual well-being and performance at work: Setting the scene Marc van Veldhoven and Riccardo Peccei  2. Individual well-being and performance at work: A conceptual and theoretical overview Toon W. Taris and Wilmar B. Schaufeli  Part A: Immediate work context  3. Well-being and performance in the context of dirty work Robert M. Bickmeier, Erika C. Lopina, and Steven G. Rogelberg  4. Emotion work in service occupations: Links to well-being and job performance Carolyn M. Boyd, Renae M. Hayward, Michelle R. Tuckey, Maureen F. Dollard, and Christian H. Dormann  5. Well-being and performance in the context of creative work Sandra Ohly and Ronald Bledow  Part B: Connecting the individual employee to context  6. Individual well-being and performance at work in the wider context of Strategic HRM Karina Van De Voorde and Peter Boxall  7. The active employee: Reconsidering the role of the individual worker in relation to the work context Maria Tims and Dorien Kooij  8. Researching individual well-being and performance in context: Multilevel mediational analysis for bathtub models Marcel A. Croon, Marc Van Veldhoven, Riccardo Peccei, and Stephen J. Wood  9. The role of context in well-being and performance at work: Some concluding reflections Marc Van Veldhoven and Riccardo Peccei


    Marc van Veldhoven is Professor of Work, Health and Well-being in and chairman of the Department of Human Resources Studies at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. His research focuses on HRM, industrial and organisational psychology, as well as occupational health. He has a special interest in the development and application of questionnaires in the three applied research fields mentioned.

    Riccardo Peccei is Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management in the Department of Management at King’s College London, UK. His research focuses on HRM, employee well-being and organisational performance, the analysis of employment systems, organisational climate and service quality, employee voice and participation in the UK, and employee engagement and commitment at work.

     "This unique text is a must for academics, practitioners and students within HRM who want to understand the often overlooked but fundamental role that context plays in the relationship between well-being and performance. The book demonstrates through detailed analysis the contribution of context and shows how it offers ways to engage in and improve people’s working lives."  -- Philip Dewe, Department of Organizational Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

    "The book provides a readable, innovative, and intriguing perspective on workplace wellbeing by considering employees within their social context—both the immediate workgroup and the broad organization—as well as the personal context of their enduring feelings and beliefs." -- Michael Leiter, Department of Psychology, Acadia University, Canada

    "Incorporating the works of leading experts, van Veldhoven and Peccei have put together a useful compilation on workplace well-being and performance, integrating theunder-studied area of ‘work context.’ The result is a book that not only provides intriguing questions for researchers, but one that also has practical and interesting implications for the workplace." -- Arla Day, Department of Psychology, Saint Mary’s University, Canada

    "Well-Being and Performance at Work: The role of context addresses one of the key questions that has eluded a definitive answer: What are the relationships between well-being and performance? This book is a significant integration of current thinking on high performance human resource management and the psychology of work related well-being – and through that integration provides new perspectives on well-being and performance across multiple levels of analysis. The book will be of interest to researchers, evidence based practitioners and advanced students across the fields of human resource management and work and organizational psychology, and essential reading for those working at the interface of human resource management and work and organizational psychology." -- Kevin Daniels, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, UK