New Paper – Social connectedness reduces risks of depression and anxiety

Researchers from SHINE and the Human Flourishing Program have published a new paper in the International Journal of Public Health examining the associations between social connectedness and mental health, based on a longitudinal survey and health insurance claims data. SHINE’s Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, Piotr Bialowolski, and Eileen McNeely and Human Flourishing Program’s Matthew T. Lee, Ying Chen and Tyler J. VanderWeele found that better social connectedness was associated with lower risks…

SHINE Research Collaborator Levi Strauss & Co Publishes Worker Well-being Guidebook

Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today published their updated Worker Well-being Guidebook which offers new approaches for brands and factory owners to identify locally relevant ways to improve worker well-being and performance. This refreshed strategy for improving the health and well-being of garment factory workers around the world is based in part on foundational research conducted by the SHINE team. Supported by the Levi Strauss Foundation, SHINE surveyed over 13,000…

Blockchain Law for Social Good Center spotlights SHINE work with Levi Strauss & Co.

Golden Gate University’s Blockchain Law for Social Good Center featured an article on the collaboration between SHINE, Levi Strauss & Co, New America and ConsenSys to develop a blockchain platform solution for measuring worker well-being in supply chain factories. LS&Co. is, of course, more famous for its jeans than its worker well-being programs. Yet the company’s innovative approach to sustainability goes beyond clothing. In 2019, the company joined with the…

Webinar with SHINE Director Eileen McNeely on Why Business Must Think Differently About Health, Equity, Resilience and the Future of Work

Join SHINE Executive Director Eileen McNeely as she discusses how considering a new role for organizational caring and establishing a culture of trust, belonging and inclusion is fundamental to employee well-being and to supporting successful business outcomes. Dr. McNeely will share how many studies, including her own research at the Sustainability and Health Initiative for Netpositive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, support these concepts.…

SHINE Executive Director to keynote Art & Science of Health Promotion conference

SHINE Executive Director Eileen McNeely will be keynoting the Art & Science of Health Promotion conference April 2022. Keynote – Pivoting from Mitigating Risk to Optimizing Flourishing: Why Business Must Think Differently About Health, Equity, Resilience and the Future of Work For decades, the question about thriving at work, from the employer’s perspective, was mostly about risk mitigation: how to keep workers healthy and safe and limit turnover. The guardrails…

New Paper – Building flourishing work communities to build a better society

In this paper, SHINE Research Manager Heloisa Jardim explores what drives people’s well-being and performance at work: We know that the quality of our relationships is a strong predictor of our happiness. The Harvard Adult Development[1] study is one of the longest studies in the world and has been examining participants’ health for more than 80 years. Importantly, it found that the quality of our social community is associated with…

New Paper – Business as a platform for human flourishing: now what do we do with that?

Human flourishing is a concept at the core of the SDG declaration and their aim to ensure that “all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity, equality, and in a healthy environment.”  In this new paper, SHINE Executive Director Eileen McNeely examines the role of business in advancing human flourishing, thriving and well-being: COVID-19 made it clear that work represents more to us than just a paycheck. The so-called…

MIT’s Peter Senge follows his SHINE Summit keynote with talk on systemic well-being

Renowned systems scientist Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer, Leadership and Sustainability at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Founding Chair, Society of Organizational Learning and Founder, Academy for Systems Change, joined us on campus for our recent SHINE Summit (The Future Workplace: Building Flourishing Organizations Today) to discuss taking a systems approach to the human impacts of work. In his Summit keynote, Peter addressed why systems theory is more important now…

SHINE paper chosen as a “Best of 2021” by American Journal of Health Promotion

A SHINE research paper – Character Strengths Involving an Orientation to Promote Good Can Help Your Health and Well-Being. Evidence from Two Longitudinal Studies – was chosen as a 2021 “Paper of the Year” by the American Journal of Health Promotion.  Authors Dorota Węziak-Białowolska, Piotr Białowolski, Tyler J. VanderWeele and Eileen McNeely examined the impact of an orientation to promote good—one aspect of strengths of character, understood as having consistent…

SHINE is hiring!

SHINE (Sustainability and Health Initiative for Netpositive Enterprise) at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health is seeking a senior scientist at the Research Associate, Research Scientist, or Senior Research Scientist level to design and analyze studies about individual and population well-being which specifically examine the impact of work. The preferred candidate will have at least five years of experience in psychosocial measurement theory and survey design, multi-level…