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…

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,…

Tarkett Joins SHINE Community of Supporters

The Sustainability and Health Initiative for Netpositive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is pleased to announce that Tarkett has joined the SHINE community of corporate supporters. “We are thrilled that Tarkett has joined the SHINE ‘living laboratory’ network of companies aiming to discover and understand new ways to positively impact the health of people and planet throughout their business value chain,” says SHINE Co-Founder…

New paper on the influence of the residential environment on undergraduate students’ health

SHINE Director, Eileen McNeely recently contributed to the latest paper published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology on the influence of the residential environment on undergraduate students’ health. University campuses represent an opportunity to advance the understanding of how the built environment influences health. The study team used de-identified billing codes from a private university clinic serving undergraduate students for academic years 2008 through 2012 linked to…

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…

New Paper on Changes in Passenger Heart Rate and Rhythm During a Simulated Commercial Flight

A new paper titled, Changes in Heart Rate and Rhythm During a Crossover Study of Simulated Commercial Flight in Older and Vulnerable Participants, has just been published Frontiers of Physiology.  The authors found that among passengers that are typical of elderly flyers (an increasingly common demographic of both flyers and flight crew – flight attendants and pilots) and who would have been cleared to fly without supplemental oxygen or any other…

SHINE to present at the American Psychological Association Work, Stress and Health conference

SHINE Director Eileen McNeely and SHINE Research Scientist Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska will present on Flourishing in life and well-being at work: Longitudinal evidence from manufacturing and apparel industry, office and manufacturing workers as part of the “Total Worker Health™: Rationale and Application” session on November 9 in Philadelphia. Details: https://www.apa.org/news/events/2019/work-stress-conference

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,…