Support COVID-19 Research

How is the COVID-19 pandemic changing the dynamics and trajectory of population health?

Support and engage with us as we launch a new research initiative to explore the impact of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of people worldwide, and to understand the role of business during the acute response phase and in shaping the trajectory of the future of health.

Workers everywhere have been impacted by the pandemic – healthcare workers on the front lines, teachers, those working in an office setting and in factories in the supply chain, and more. We have all been affected. While no one knows what the world will look like in the future, we have an opportunity through our research to uncover the workplace systems and cultures that will allow for business and the economy to thrive in a new world paradigm.

This research will focus on how organizations can address immediate workforce and community well-being through the crisis and its aftermath and build resilience for future health and economic challenges. We aim to understand how all people flourish in the face of challenge and change from the perspective of their stage in life, their ethnicity and gender, and their socioeconomic position.

We’re already checking back with populations that have taken our Well-being Survey before to understand the impact this crisis has and will have on their work and family life and their health and well-being.

Why SHINE?

SHINE is uniquely positioned to undertake this critical research as our focus is on the meaning and impact of work and the dynamic connections between workforce well-being and business performance. Taking an interdisciplinary and holistic approach, we measure population health to better understand the determinants of human flourishing and the policies necessary to promote it.

We’re already checking back with populations that have taken our Well-being Survey before to understand the impact this crisis has and will have on their work and family life and their health and well-being.

SHINE has been measuring Caring Culture in the workplace and its positive impact on well-being for some time.  The SHINE Well-being survey deals with how well-being affects work, how work affects health, and gets at the ingredients to building a healthy organization. For example, questions on caring culture, tell us the way organizational relations and operations affect mental health, job satisfaction, or retention.  The importance of of measuring well-being of various populations using these metrics is heightened in this unprecedented time.

Questions we are asking

  1. How community and individual well-being is affected in this pandemic.
  2. What the organizational response has been and how this affects health and well-being in the workplace.
  3. What the impact on the future of work and family life will be.

Here are some of the questions we are asking in our research within organizations:

  • What are businesses doing to support individuals in the COVID-19 crisis?
  • How are businesses thinking differently about business and health and the future after this crisis
  • How does this national health crisis affect the job and life of health care workers, teachers, flight attendants, hourly workers, and the supply chain?
  • How has COVID-19 affected social connectedness?
  • How has COVID-19 affected emotional well-being?
  • What is the impact of COVID-19 on unemployment, financial security, health and health care?
  • How does this pandemic affect meaning and purpose and life satisfaction?
  • How is well-being differentially impacted according to gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, location, employment, caregiving responsibilities, civic engagement and volunteerism?
  • How has this pandemic affected the future of work:
    • Will remote work be more accepted/expected?
    • What are the costs and benefits of remote work?
    • Does remote work create more secure jobs or more gig workers?
    • What is the impact of technology on workload and social connection/loneliness?
    • What virtual communities support connectedness, meaning and purpose, and enhanced performance?
    • What is the impact of virtual work on work schedules, work-life conflict, and productivity?
  • What has the organizational response been to COVID-19:
    • How are businesses promoting a culture of kindness at work and beyond?
    • How are businesses promoting a culture of respect and dignity at work and beyond?
    • How are businesses trying to address and decrease workers’ increased worries about employment and financial stability?
    • How are people in leadership roles as well as employees being included in brainstorming, decision-making, and implementation of organizational kindness initiatives?
    • How are businesses acknowledging their workers’ efforts amidst the difficulties they are facing, especially people who may traditionally be less likely to be acknowledged?

Join us

There is no better time to advance understanding of the connections between public health and business, and the drivers of well-being in times of crisis and beyond. Please join us in this research to create the evidence base needed to forge a new way forward.

To find out how your organization can support and engage with us contact Courtney Leimanis, Engagement & Communications Manager, at leimanis@hsph.harvard.edu

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