1st Edition

Wellbeing for Sustainability in the Global Workplace

Edited By Paola Ochoa, Maria-Teresa Lepeley, Peter Essens Copyright 2019
    172 Pages
    by Routledge

    172 Pages
    by Routledge

    Wellbeing in the workplace is an essential element in fostering a worker’s sense of being valued, ensuring their engagement, and ultimately leading to higher levels of productivity and organizational performance. This important book specifically adds to the discussion by taking a global perspective, and evaluates wellbeing in the workplace in different countries, identifying both universal issues and specific cultural issues.

    Chapter authors have been drawn from across five continents and eleven countries to provide ground-breaking research in wellbeing from different regional perspectives, looking at both developed and developing world scenarios. What is clear throughout the book is that organizations that are not people-centered undermine their capacity to attain and maintain quality standards, high performance, and competitiveness.

    Organizational concerns about workers' wellbeing are growing exponentially due to the global VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) environment. In this environment, organizational success is no longer simply based on short-term revenue maximization, capital investments, or sales, but increasingly depends on people’s wellbeing, human capital, and the development of human talent to ensure sustained and sustainable growth and performance. This book presents a collection of studies that address current and forthcoming organizational challenges and offer realistic solutions to support leaders and managers seeking to balance and value the contribution of people with long-term organizational performance.

    Part 1: Understanding Wellbeing

    1. Psychosocial Wellbeing at Work: Reasons to Invest in Healthy Employees and Workplaces (Paola Ochoa and Josep M. Blanch)

    2. Wellbeing and Gender Parity in the Workforce. Need for a New Global Approach (Maria-Teresa Lepeley)

    3. Wellbeing in Organizations: Dimensions and Intersections (Nicky R.M. Pouw)

    Part 2: Wellbeing and Work

    4. The Quality of Work-Life in Brazil (Mário César Ferreira)

    5. From Stress to Wellbeing: Is Buffering Stress Enough? (Peter Essens and Maria-Teresa Lepeley)

    6. Safety and Employee Health and Wellbeing (Daniela M. Andrei, Paola Ochoa, Mark A.Griffin)

    7. Psychological Risks (Anabela Correia)

    Part 3: Emerging Forms of Wellbeing

    8. An Entrepreneurship-based model to Foster Organizational Wellbeing (Jose Manuel Saiz-Alvarez)

    9. Wellbeing Challenges of Millennials: South Africa’s "Born Free" Generation (Linda Ronnie)

    10. Exploring Education for Wellbeing in Peru (Kety Jáuregui)


    Paola Ochoa is a Professor at the Graduate School of Management ESPAE, ESPOL, Ecuador.

    Maria-Teresa Lepeley is the President and CEO at Global Institute for Quality Education. She has been a member of the Board of Examiners of the Baldridge National Quality Awards of the United States and adviser to National Quality Award Programs in Latin America.

    Peter Essens is the Director of the Center of Expertise HRM & Organizational Behavior, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

    The topic of wellbeing at work has been discussed by many authors for a long time. Depending on the organizational context there are multiple approaches to studying wellbeing. One of the most relevant aspects is the relationship between worker’s performance and physical and mental health. Congratulations to editors and authors for this brilliant work that explores wellbeing with broad and current approaches!

    Mario Teixeira Reis Neto, Professor, Doctoral and Master Business Program, Fumec University, Brazil

    At a time when organizations face unavoidable disruptions it is essential a better and comprehensive understanding of wellbeing in the workplace. This book provides a collection of innovative perspectives from around the world to understand and implement solutions to improve the wellbeing of people.

    Jacobo Ramirez, Assistant Professor in Latin American Business Development, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

    The social construction of wellbeing at work is being challenged by new cohorts of workers whose values and priorities are shaped by historical social and economic global events quite different from previous generations. This book helps organizations understand those differences, how to build workplace environments and cultures that support these new generational paradigms and can include their best and brightest.

    Josephine McMurray, Assistant Professor, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

    There are two important roles of management in society: to create innovations and new products that satisfy societal needs, and to manage and nurture healthy organizations that promote the wellbeing of collaborators. This book is a very timely and solid contribution to this discussion, both for educators and decision makers.