New Paper on Financial Incentives for Healthy Behaviors

In a new recently published paper titled A socially responsible financial institution – The bumpy road to improving consumer well-being SHINE researchers, Piotr Bialowolski, DorotaWeziak-Bialowolska, and EileenMcNeely, examined the extent to which a financial incentive such as a higher interest rate savings account can influence YMCA members to participate in fitness and wellness activities. There is a strong belief that in addition to making a profit, companies should act for…

SHINE Research Featured in Book on Measuring Well-being

We are delighted to share that the volume Measuring Well-being: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Social Sciences and the Humanities edited by Harvard researchers Matthew E. Lee, Laura D. Kubzansky, and Tyler J. VanderWeele is scheduled for release on March 18th. SHINE researchers, Eileen McNeely and Dorota Węziak-Białowolska, contributed to Chapter 17, titled Current Recommendations on the Selection of Measures for Well-Being.  The book has received two wonderful endorsements below: “This…

SHINE Highlighted in Harvard Chan Dean’s End of Year Report 2019-2020

The Harvard Chan School’s capacity to develop and fund an exceptionally wide range of cutting-edge research is an engine that drives the advancement of our public health mission. The following two images depict SHINE’s research across North America, specifically on well-being in the workplace, whether in the office or in factories.  This map can be found on pages 34 and 35 of the report. Read the full report here.

HSPH News | Bolstering workers’ well-being amid pandemic disruptions

When coronavirus pandemic lockdowns forced widespread business disruptions, workers lost some of their sense of belonging and connection, according to Eileen McNeely of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. McNeely is executive director of SHINE (Sustainability and Health Initiative for Netpositive Enterprise), which researches the factors that underpin good jobs and successful companies that care for both people and the planet. In a December 8, 2020 Forbes article, McNeely noted that, with their normal…

Forbes | Harvard Initiative Shines A Light On The Vital Role Of Employee Well-Being In The Workplace

Disruptions in the workplace caused by the pandemic have had more far-reaching consequences than most people realize, say researchers at a collaborative network within the Harvard School of Public Health. Far more than just a source of employment, work plays a vital role in our mental health and sense of social connectedness. Business leaders should keep this larger role in mind as they steer their companies through the ongoing coronavirus…

The Great Indoors | The Journey to Achieving Greater Sustainability Starts with Well-being

In another interview with Tarkett, a sustainable design company, SHINE’s Executive Director, Eileen McNeely explores the intersection of well-being and sustainability and shares how we at SHINE measure well-being. Over the past few months, we’ve seen a monumental shift in mindset which means sustainability is circling back to where it belongs: centre stage. The pressure is now on businesses, like never before, to take corporate social responsibility and deliver real…

New Paper on How Character Strengths Can Help Your Health and Well-Being

In a recent paper titled Character Strengths Involving an Orientation to Promote Good Can Help Your Health and Well-Being. Evidence From two Longitudinal Studies, Harvard researchers, Dorota Weziak-Białowolska, Piotr Białowolski of SHINE, and Tyler J. VanderWeele of The Human Flourishing Program, examine the impact of an orientation to promote good on flourishing outcomes. Not much is known about the benefits of health and well-being of an orientation to promote good,…

The Great Indoors | Designing for Social Connectedness in the Time of COVID

In the midst of these uncertain times, businesses across the globe are looking for new ways to support employee wellbeing and maintain social connectivity in both virtual and physical environments.  In an interview with Tarkett, a sustainable design company, SHINE’s Executive Director, Eileen McNeely shares about the opportunities that companies have to tackle well-being of their employees from a multi-dimensional point of view. Q) Please can you tell us more…

New Paper on the Psychological Climate for Caring and Work Outcomes

In the latest paper titled Psychological Climate for Caring and Work Outcomes: A Virtuous Cycle, Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, Piotr Bialowolski, and Eileen McNeely of SHINE, and Carlued Leon and Tamar Koosed of Manaus, LCC, examine the relationship between climate for caring and work outcomes (job satisfaction, work engagement, and work quality). The research team found that caring climate contributes to improved engagement, work quality and productivity. They also found that in…

Harvard Gazette | Disruption of work relationships adds to mental-health concerns during pandemic

A recent Harvard study highlights how much emotional support we get from workplace relationships, and that it has not only been our jobs that the pandemic has disrupted, but these important informal ties as well. The survey, conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s SHINE program, examined workplace well-being among 1,271 participants in 17 industries, including agriculture, manufacturing, construction, finance, arts, and health care. It found that the…