1st Edition

Workplace Wellbeing A Relational Approach

By James Costello Copyright 2020
    192 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    192 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Workplace Wellbeing – A Relational Approach presents the most important, insightful and up-to-date academic thinking and research related to flourishing at work. It also describes the transformative humanistic skills, values, and attributes ordinarily adopted by counsellors and psychotherapists alike, and shows how they may be transferred from a therapeutic setting to the workplace. Integrating ideas and strategies from counselling and psychotherapy, the book gathers together a wealth of accessible, interactive exercises and resources to help develop the skills and personal awareness to thrive in organisations.

    Workplace Wellbeing – A Relational Approach examines how we can create an emotionally healthy workplace for all of us. It will prove useful for counsellors and psychotherapists alike, whether in training or practice in an organisational setting. More importantly, however, it is designed to be of value to the non-specialist, particularly those working in business, education, healthcare, human resources, occupational health, and organisational psychology.

    List of Boxes; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Do you flourish at work?; 2. Our invisible cage; 3. A matter of survival; 4. The crowded workplace; 5. Democratic working relationships; 6. Groups and teams; 7. The shadow at work; 8. Adjusting to life’s crises; Final Thoughts; Index


    James Costello is Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of the West of England, a Registered Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor. His experience as a therapist and supervisor comes from practice across the private, third, and public sectors. Originally trained as a research scientist working in industry and academia, he believes that flourishing, innovation, and learning are all social processes with the transformative power of relationships at their heart. An experienced trade union case worker, he successfully applies a Relational Approach to training, supervision, advocacy, conflict resolution, and mediation across a range of workplace settings.

    'This clear-sighted and challenging book is a must for anyone interested in workplace wellbeing.'

    Nick Campion, Therapy Today

    'It is wonderful how the author connects existing theories, thoughts and research and presents them through the lens of the relational approach….the examples and exercises are really useful and important, and this book might be used more generally for career guidance.'

    Dr Matthijs Bal, Professor of Responsible Management, Lincoln International Business School