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Wellbeing for Sustainability in the Global Workplace

1st Edition

Edited by Paola Ochoa, Maria-Teresa Lepeley, Peter Essens


152 pages

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pub: 2018-07-12
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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.


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.

Sergio Olavarrieta, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Chile, Chile

This is an apt title to put forth in the current business environment as it entails a primordial perspective often neglected in performance management: Management is always about people and success in any kind of undertakings relies on how people feel about conditions in their workplace. Institutions prosper if they provide not just an atmosphere but real circumstances for wellbeing from the shop floor to the C-suites. The great benefit of this book is the wide array of viewpoints on wellbeing in the workplace.

Roland Bardy, Board Member, Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics, Germany

The downward cycle of being over-extended and exhausted negatively affects the organisational culture. These cycles can lead to burnout for individuals and slow death for organizations. This book analyzes one of the most worrying and essential matters of our current society: wellbeing at work. From an innovative and practical perspective, it is a crucial book for organisations genuinely interested in understanding wellbeing in the workplace and the main issues and challenges impacting it.

Jorge Colvin, Associate Professor, Department of Finance, Faculty of Economics and Business,The Schiller International University, USA

This compilation of chapters on well-being is very timely as workplace stress increases with the pressure to compete. I found the book very informative and well written.

Joyeeta Gupta, Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South, University of Amsterdam,The Netherlands

In a world where the conditions and contexts of business models globally are continually changing and adapting, it is important to remember the foundations and pillars of organizations. Since wellbeing in the workplace is one of the most important, this book helps to understand its essence and dimensions through an exciting and relevant collection of intellectual contributions.

Raúl Montalvo, Director, EGADE Business School in Guadalajara, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico

This book will be useful to those who are looking for innovative ways of understanding and managing human wellbeing in organizations. It is an important contribution to comparative thinking, drawing from multiple national experiences.

Jose Joaquín Brunner, UNESCO Chair, Comparative Higher Education Systems and Policies, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile

For the last 80 years, scientists have been highly aware of the importance to synchronize technical with social change. Nonetheless, financial-economic performance goals frequently have superseded social goals in most management approaches. This book on human centered management and employee wellbeing resonates as a new management framework enhancing attention on the role of human beings in company's success. The alignment shown in this book converging human minded workers with high performance work systems in the workplace brings about necessary innovation in the 21st century.

Peter Oeij, Senior research scientist, The Netherlands Organisation, The Netherlands

Wellbeing at work is an imperative rising to the top of the agenda of company managers, policy makers and stakeholders. The workplace is, besides providing a living, also about a positive environment to develop oneself and to find meaningful relations with others. This book shows how to understand the emerging concept of human wellbeing in the workplace. It shows that wellbeing at work is no longer a luxury of Western workers but a priority worldwide. The book shows and shares experiences from around the world on wellbeing at work. Practitioners and researchers will find good reasons to invest time in this important subject.

Steven Dhondt, Professor in Sociological Research, University of Leuven, Belgium

The effects of economic globalization have produced negative effects on the health of workers with major managerial challenge for organizations. Social development and economic growth are sustainable when they are synchronized with the promotion of wellbeing at work. The global effects are even more perverse in countries like Brazil where organizations are less inclined to make investments in strategies and structures that promote wellbeing at work. This book includes relevant international contributions from a variety of countries about organizational changes focused on effective management of wellbeing at work. I highly endorse its publication.

Jairo Eduardo Borges-Andrade, Professor, Graduate Program in Social, Work and Organizational Psychology, University of Brasília, Brazil

Nurturing wellbeing of individuals and organizations in a sustainable way is a major challenge of Industry 4.0. Wellbeing is a major indicator of quality of life, health, adjustment, and thriving. This book breaks new ground by bringing wellbeing to the forefront on a sustainable and global basis.

Nicholas Beutell, Professor of Management, School of Business, Iona College, USA

The amount of challenges and disruptions the workforce and managers are facing are unprecedented in modern history. Demographic change, competing global markets, economic uncertainty, new technology, all defy the most important dimension of the workplace: people. Organizational mission and the wellbeing of people present significant challenges to balance, but in the last century the metrics of success has been skewed towards financial outcomes often at the expense of people and wellbeing. This book explores a comprehensive number of paths to success centered on people across many dimensions of wellbeing, from safety to job satisfaction, from education to achieving self-actualization. A certainly welcome new vision of wellbeing in the workplace!

Ronald W. Tarr, former Senior Research Faculty Member & Lab Director (ret) , Institute for Simulation and Training, University of Central Florida, USA

This timely book on well-being for sustainability is true to its title providing global perspectives on this topic. The well-researched chapters offer a diversity of perspectives, including psychological, sociological and labor market insights, together with a critical look at issues of talent management, gender, millennial and generational issues, health and safety, cross-cultural and comparative international perspectives including those from emerging markets. The editors and chapter authors are to be commended for an insightful work which will be of great benefit to scholars and practitioners alike.

Frank M. Horwitz, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, UK

Refreshingly practical yet profoundly insightful, this book on wellbeing crafts a must-read leadership and people development guide for managers who are working at the coal-face to engage, retain, and capitalise on the potential of every nation's rich and diverse talent.

Candida Schoerger, HR Business Partner, DXC Technology, South Africa

Table of Contents

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)

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Human Centered Management

The Human Centered Management Series aims to stimulate the discussion and the discovery of effective approaches and solutions and innovation with increasing potential to improve the wellbeing of people. In short, this new revolution will place technology at the service of people, not the other way around. It is not technology that is propelling the changes, it is human talent. New strategies to develop talent will be critical and, understanding the pivotal role of education, multidisciplinary approaches from scholars and practitioners from around the world will be required to articulate solutions.

New constructs are needed to position management at the forefront of the transformation to foster the human centered paradigm shift. This book series will capture this new thinking.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development