WORK SHOULD BE MEANINGFUL

We believe work should be life-enriching.

The Wellbeing At Work research team explores the exciting and groundbreaking topic of what makes work engaging and impactful. The majority of people work for 40 years or more. Yet, little is known about how our work lives evolve over time.  

Our research surfaces from a multidimensional understanding of the conditions that foster, or impede, positive work experiences, and the ability to be content, and flourish, in the short term, and over our lifetimes.  

Insights

The Importance of Collaboration

Author: Mary Bales

The Well-Being at Work project continually finds the value of relationships in promoting positive outcomes. Researchers recently assessed the importance of teacher collaboration on student academic outcomes and found that math and reading scores improve in relation to teacher collaboration.  For more information, see Ronfeldt, M., Farmer, S. O., McQueen, K., & Grissom, J. A. (2015). Teacher Collaboration in Instructional Teams and Student Achievement

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Social-Emotional Competencies Matter

Author: Mary Bales

The Well-Being at Work research project values social-emotional competencies (SEC; e.g., grit, authentic self-expression). Edutopia recently released a list of highlights from education researchers.  Included was research surrounding the long-term benefits of SEC for students and found that for every $1 invested, $11 in long-term benefits is yielded.  The same principles apply to teachers’ SEC

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Partners in Learning

Lilly Endowment, Inc.

The Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development, and places special emphasis to projects that benefit young people and promote leadership education and financial self-sufficiency in the nonprofit, charitable sector.

The Templeton Religion Trust

The John Templeton Foundation supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will. It seeks to encourage civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights.

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