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,…

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…

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…

New Paper on Work, Gender, and Sexual Harassment in Commercial Air Travel

In the latest paper titled Work, Gender, and Sexual Harassment on the Frontlines of Commercial Travel: A Cross-Sectional Study of Flight Crew Well-Being in Aerospace Psychology, researchers Dorota Weziak-Białowolska, Piotr Białowolski, Irina Mordukhovich and Eileen McNeely examined the scale and scope of experience of sexual harassment at work among male and female flight attendants. The data the research team examined represented the perception and prevalence of sexual harassment related to…

New Paper Debating a Brief Assessment of Well-being vs Nothing at All

A new paper called “Brief Well-being Assessments, or nothing at all?” in the journal Preventive Medicine, debates the advantages and disadvantages of restricting items in a well-being assessment. In a recent paper on recommendations for the measurement of well-being put forward a number of preliminary proposals for different settings (VanderWeele et al., 2020a).  The recommendations in the paper varied depending on the context and purposes of the well-being assessment and took account…

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…

LS&Co | SHINE Supporting Company shares about the positive impact of well-being research in the supply chain

This article, written by Kim Almeida, Levi Strauss Foundation, was originally published on the Levi Strauss & Co. blog. Almeida shares how the SHINE well-being survey and research within LS&Co’s factories has offered the knowledge needed to make positive impacts on the lives of workers in the supply chain. —————– Worker Well-being: Surpassing 2020 Targets and Deepening Our Impact Levi Strauss & Co.’s Worker Well-being (WWB) initiative, launched in 2011,…