WORK SHOULD BE MEANINGFUL

We believe work should be life-enriching, not life-depleting.

The Wellbeing at Work research team explores the exciting and groundbreaking topic of what makes work an engaging and impactful experience, versus what makes work negative or discouraging. How can work feel purposeful and engaging, and at the same time enable us to flourish?

We strive to offer practical solutions and insights to enhance your professional wellbeing. To ensure our solutions are credible and sustainable, they must be based on rigorous research. We employ multiple research methodologies to better understand the conditions that foster or impede positive work experiences. We also examine how human beings evolve over the course of our work lifetimes, both individually and in relationships, and the effects this evolution and these relationships have on the experience of work.

The information on this site will raise your awareness, help you thrive and encourage you to live out the true purpose of your work.

Insights

Amazon's Culture: Big River, Big Problems

Author: Steve Bloom

Recently, The New York Times published an article entitled “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas In a Bruising Culture.” The article describes a Darwinian employment culture at Amazon in which not the strong survive, but the most ruthless and ambitious.

In sharp contrast to other high-tech leaders like Google, Netflix and LinkedIn who place a high value on employee well-being, the article describes a culture marked by intense pressure to work long hours, sacrifice personal life priorities and otherwise succeed regardless of the consequences. For example, the article recounts several situations where employees had personal or family health issues and were placed on performance improvement plans intended to get them refocused on their jobs.…

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Amazon's Culture: Big River, Big Problems

Author: Steve Bloom

Recently, The New York Times published an article entitled “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas In a Bruising Culture.” The article describes a Darwinian employment culture at Amazon in which not the strong survive, but the most ruthless and ambitious.

In sharp contrast to other high-tech leaders like Google, Netflix and LinkedIn who place a high value on employee well-being, the article describes a culture marked by intense pressure to work long hours, sacrifice personal life priorities and otherwise succeed regardless of the consequences. For example, the article recounts several situations where employees had personal or family health issues and were placed on performance improvement plans intended to get them refocused on their jobs.…

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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.

Upcoming Events

Oct 22

2nd International Conference on Human Dignity and Human Development

Professor Matt Bloom will be presenting on a panel at the 2nd International Human Dignity and Human Development Conference at the University of Notre Dame. The topic he will address is: Integral Human Development—What Can Dignity Add?  He will cover how his innovative research project, Wellbeing at Work can contribute to international development theory and practice. On the panel, Prof. Bloom will be joined by Maria Sophia Aguirre, Catholic University, and Paul Perrin, Catholic Relief Services.…