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Wellbeing at Work in a Turbulent Era

9781035300532 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Paula Brough, Professor of Organisational Psychology; Director, Centre for Work, Organisation & Wellbeing; Griffith University, Australia and Gail Kinman, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology, Department of Organisational Psychology, Birbeck, University of London, UK
Publication Date: July 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03530 053 2 Extent: 280 pp
This book provides a comprehensive examination of the physical and mental health challenges facing workers today, focusing particularly on the social, technological, and political consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Delving into core perceptions of work culture, chapters also map out ways of thinking about wellbeing at work in the future to make workplaces healthier and more productive.

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This book provides a comprehensive examination of the physical and mental health challenges facing workers today, focusing particularly on the social, technological, and political consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Delving into core perceptions of work culture, chapters also map out ways of thinking about wellbeing at work in the future to make workplaces healthier and more productive.

Presenting up-to-date research on how to improve wellbeing in the workplace, editors Paula Brough and Gail Kinman bring together leading international scholars to cover problems such as stress, burnout, workplace trauma, and boundary management. Contributing authors dissect complex factors in building a healthy and constructive workplace, including enhancing diversity and intersectionality; managing absenteeism and presenteeism; dealing with uncertainty during planned and emergent changes; and advancing digital technology. Special attention is paid to managing workers post-pandemic, considering increased working from home, and higher demand for services and support for mental health. The book also discusses changes in how the fundamental value of work is perceived and how it adds to, or detracts from, workers’ health and wellbeing.

Bringing together integrated approaches to managing wellbeing in the workplace, this book is an invaluable resource for researchers, scholars, and students in health psychology, occupational and business psychology, business and management, human resource management, organisational behaviour and occupational health.
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‘International conflicts, societal and climate change, technological advances and, of course, the wake of Covid-19 have forced organizations and their employees to adapt and respond as never before. In this “turbulent” context, the volume edited by Professor Paula Brough and Professor Gail Kinman is a valuable guide to shaping organizational responses. In particular, the book provides a valuable focus on employee wellbeing and consideration of topics such as workplace trauma, managing work-nonwork relationships, diversity in the workplace and many others. For me, the value of the work is enhanced by the authors not merely documenting problems but considering the way forward. This future orientation makes the book a valuable addition to the libraries of all those concerned with employee wellbeing as we manage the challenges yet-to-come.’
– E. Kevin Kelloway, Saint Mary’s University, Canada

‘Brough and Kinman have assembled a stellar group of experts from academia and industry to explore the enduring impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employees. These experts share their informed views about how the massive disruption of society affected employee health and wellbeing and how it continues to this day.’
– Paul Spector, University of South Florida and Tampa General Hospital, US

‘A contemporary contribution fusing wellbeing and volatile times, this book is a cutting-edge companion for those interested in wellbeing at work amidst digital transformation.’
– Tony Wall, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

‘Paula Brough and Gail Kinman have done an excellent job of exploring the impact of the pandemic on workplace wellbeing. They have put together a collection of important issues on the impact and change associated with employee health and wellbeing by leading academics. For all those who care about enhancing wellbeing at work, read this book!’
– Cary Cooper, University of Manchester, UK
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1 Will work ever be the same? Future trends for wellbeing at work 1
Paula Brough and Gail Kinman
2 Occupational stress and wellbeing: Key considerations for
improvements 10
Amanda Biggs, Paula Brough, and Sheetal Gai
3 Managing workplace trauma and moral distress 27
Jo Billings
4 Work and non-work boundary management including
remote and hybrid working 56
Xi Wen (Carys) Chan and Gail Kinman
5 Supporting diversity and intersectionality at work:
implications for wellbeing 76
Almuth McDowall
6 The interplay between uncertainty and insecurity and
employee wellbeing during planned and emergent changes 95
Phong T. Nguyen, Alannah E. Rafferty, and Matthew J. Xerri
7 Workplace emotions in turbulent environments:
implications for workers’ wellbeing and performance 114
Ashlea C. Troth, Peter J. Jordan, and Alannah E. Rafferty
8 Managing sickness absence behaviours in the
post-pandemic workplace 134
Gail Kinman, Andrew J. Clements, and Karen Maher
9 Sustaining and embedding: a strategic and dynamic
approach to workplace wellbeing 162
David Watson, Rachel Nayani, Olga Tregaskis, and Kevin Daniels
10 Using digital tools to improve well-being and work
performance in agile work 179
Emma Russell and Christine Grant
11 Working patterns and wellbeing 200
Jo Yarker, Rachel Lewis, Sophie Walker, and Rodrigo
Rodriguez Fernandez
12 Work structures, work cultures and wellbeing in turbulent times 220
Ida Bagus Gede Adi Permana, Sudong Shang, and Peter J. Jordan
13 An integrated approach to managing wellbeing in the workplace 240
Karina Nielsen, Cristina Di Tecco, Jo Yarker, and
Michela Vignoli
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