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.


Humanitarian Healthcare Workers in Chiapas Mexico

Author: Deirdre Guthrie

Wellbeing At Work Program Senior Researcher Deirdre Guthrie, Ph.D., has been working with Companeros en Salud, Parter In Health’s Mexican sister organization, since the Fall of 2015. In addition to conducting interviews with its members, she has introduced a field diary design method to further deepen the depth and scope of the research.

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Why You Should Prioritize Free Time Instead Of Money If You Want To Be Happy

Author: Charlie Sorrel

While we don’t necessarily recommend quitting your job, many points in the following article reinforce Professor Bloom’s research on wellbeing at work.  

For example, the article highlights the importance of social connections to one’s overall happiness.  Our research on workplace wellbeing indicates that professionals are more likely to flourish if they have strong relationships with coworkers and clients.

The article notes that prioritizing one’s time over money leads to greater subjective wellbeing.  As the lead researcher, Ashley Whillans, says, “(T)hinking about time leads people to prioritize social connections.”  And apparently this focus on social relationships is a precursor for higher levels of wellbeing — likely both on the job and in one’s personal life.

We’ll leave it up to each individual worker to determine whether it is time to quit their demanding job, but we encourage employees to seek balance in their work.  This balance includes adequate time for personal endeavors and for building strong workplace relationships.

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Recent News

Happy Feat

Author: Michael Hardy

"It is easy to understand how someone can find purpose in work when they are doing something like Doctors Without Borders or setting up a soup kitchen.  But how is the average worker supposed to find purpose in the workplace?" This is what motivated and ignited Professor Matt Bloom to begin his research initiative Wellbeing at Work.  The study encompasses clergy, educators, humanitarian workers, and health care workers; the caring professions.  Professor Bloom states, When people can connect their core values to the work they do, they find more meaning in the work they do.

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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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