Watch Now | Evaluating Worker Well-being Impacts Using the Blockchain

Watch a discussion (from March 31) with leaders from, SHINE, New America and the Levi Strauss Foundation on building sustainable supply chains here.  Background: Workers around the world lack mechanisms to safely and confidentially advocate for change or voice concerns related to their work, safety, health and overall well-being. The time for organizations to pursue innovative solutions to support healthier supply chain workforces is now. Business leaders are moving toward…

New Book on Measuring Well-being Out Today!

We’re excited to announce that the volume titled Measuring Well-being: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Social Sciences and the Humanities is out today! It will be available for free download soon and the print edition is available now for pre-order with 30% off discount code (see below). The book is edited by Matthew T. Lee, Laura D. Kubzansky, and Tyler J. VanderWeele, researchers at Harvard University, includes a chapter titled Current…

New Paper on The Role of Financial Fragility and Financial Control for Well-Being

In a recently published paper titled The Role of Financial Fragility and Financial Control for Well-Being, SHINE researchers, Piotr Bialowolski, DorotaWeziak-Bialowolska, and Eileen McNeely, examine the role that financial control and financial fragility play in well-being. Financial fragility is recognized as a substantial issue for individual well-being. Various estimates show that between 46 and 59% of American adults are financially fragile and thus vulnerable in terms of their well-being. The…

Podcast: Work & Well-being During COVID

SHINE’s Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Eileen McNeely talks with Danielle Lecourt about how the pandemic is affecting workers and the role of work in human flourishing. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmsrNMTaEjQ&t=2766s Listen: https://www.daniellelecourt.com/podcast-episodes/22-work-and-well-being-during-covid

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…