Essential elements of organizational initiatives to improve workplace wellbeing

Authored by: Arla Day , Samantha A. Penney

The Routledge Companion to Wellbeing at Work

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  May  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138955943
eBook ISBN: 9781315665979
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315665979.ch22

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Abstract

Although it is almost axiomatic that workplaces can lead to stress and negative health outcomes among employees, there also has been an emerging body of research demonstrating that workplaces can act as positive health resources and can assist in enhancing employee health and wellbeing (e.g., Danna & Griffin, 1999; Day & Randell, 2014; Grawitch, Gottschalk, & Munz, 2006; Sparks, Faragher, & Cooper, 2001). That is, in addition to the stressors and demands that a job may bring, work also may provide resources such as social relationships, meaning, and training programs that promote wellbeing (Day & Randell, 2014). Moreover, organizations have the ability to change work environments and social contexts to both directly and indirectly improve employee wellbeing.

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