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The Bigger Picture of Employee Well-Being

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New White Paper Published in SHRM-SIOP Collaborative Series

A new white paper geared toward HR professionals is now available on the SIOP website. The paper, part of an effort by SIOP and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), can be found here.

A wealth of literature from industrial-organizational psychology and other fields indicates that the well-being of employees influences various individual job outcomes (e.g., attendance and productivity) and non-work outcomes (e.g., disease and mortality). The Bigger Picture of Employee Well-Being: Its Role for Individuals, Families and Societies, by Seth Kaplan and Lois E. Tetrick,of George Mason University, and Richard P. DeShon, Michigan State University, summarizes these results but also goes beyond them, highlighting less well-known findings. The authors show that employee well-being has broader impacts such as on the school performance of children of working parents and on the American economy as a whole. Moreover, they discuss that work, when organized and managed in certain ways, can produce various positive individual and societal benefits. The paper closes with a discussion of how governmental and organizational policies can promote well-being and, in turn, bring about these gains.

This white paper is part of an initiative titled “The Science of HR,” created under a collaborative partnership between SIOP and SHRM to develop resources for HR practitioners that will further the use and understanding of evidence-based HR practices. These resources, written by leading researchers and practitioners in the field of I-O psychology and HR, make the science of evidence-based HR practices accessible to SIOP and SHRM members. They are specifically intended to infuse the science of I-O psychology and other HR disciplines into management practices for daily use in the workplace.

SIOP is continuously working to develop materials about topics that will be published and distributed by SHRM to its membership. For a full list of collaborative articles, visit the SHRM-SIOP page here.

For more information regarding the SHRM-SIOP Science of HR Series, please contact: Ashley Miller (Ashley.Miller@shrm.org) or David Dubin (David@psycharts.com).

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