Harvard Crimson | HSPH Researchers Explore Pandemic’s Impact on Employee Well-Being

The following article was featured in the Harvard Crimson.   Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have found connections between disrupted workplace relationships and emerging mental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent study. The study — which was conducted by HSPH’s Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise program — may help guide employers and policy makers in boosting employee well-being while working remotely. Dorota…

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…

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…

New Study: Well-Being in Life and Well-Being at Work: Which Comes First?

Understanding reciprocal relationships between specific arenas in life and at work is critical for designing interventions to improve workplace health and safety. Most studies about the links between dimensions of well-being in life and at work have been cross-sectional and usually narrowly focused on one of the dimensions of the work-life well-being link. The issues of causality and feedback between life and work well-being have often not been addressed. In…

New Paper on Ill Health and Distraction at Work

A new paper titled Ill health and distraction at work. Costs and drivers for productivity loss and authored by Piotr Bialowolski, Eileen McNeely, and Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska of SHINE and Tyler J. VanderWeele of the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University, estimates the cost of inefficiencies at work with emphasis on their internal causes, i.e., sick-related absenteeism and distraction at work. Employer-sponsored health insurance is the most widely spread form of…

New Paper on the impact of workplace harassment and domestic violence on work outcomes in the developing world

Researchers at SHINE, Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, Piotr Bialowolski, and Eileen McNeely, just published a new paper on the impact of workplace harassment and domestic violence on work outcomes in the developing world. Some of the highlights include: Workplace harassment (WH) affects withdrawal from work, work attitudes and work quality. Domestic violence (DV) is a significant stressor impacting such work outcomes as withdrawal from work, work attitudes and work quality. WH and…

CNN.com | At 19 hours, it’s the world’s longest flight. But how will the human body cope?

Dr. Eileen McNeely, founder and director of the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health tells CNN Travel that the health impacts passengers could face on super long haul flight are similar those on shorter flights, but increased. “Exposures that are taxing on the body will still be present—but for longer times,” McNeely explains. “Passengers will still face possible hypoxia,…

How CVS-Aetna and SHINE are Building a Healthier Workforce

Join SHINE Director, Eileen McNeely, and Vice President of Well-being at CVS Health, Kay Mooney, at the HeroForum19: Thriving Organizations conference in Portland, Oregon September 10-12, 2019.  Here’s a description of the session titled How CVS-Aetna and Harvard Faculty are Building a Healthier Workforce: We are facing unprecedented levels of obesity, chronic disease and stress due to a massive biological-cultural mismatch that we have collectively created in the U.S. and globally. Employers are feeling…

SHINE Director Presents New Paper at ILO’s 6th Regulating for Decent Work Conference on Work and Well-being

SHINE Director, Dr. Eileen McNeely, presented a new paper titled “The Things that Matter Most at Work for Flourishing in Life: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Well-being in Apparel Supply Chain Workers” at ILO’s 6th Regulating for Decent Work conference on Work and Well-being in the 21st Century.   Tamar Koosed and Carlued Leon of Manaus Consulting, as well as, Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, Research Associate at SHINE contributed to the paper. The research…