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Astrid M. Richardsen

Despite the volume of literature on work engagement, issues such as what work engagement is, why it matters, how and why it benefits individuals and organizations, and if and how it can be increased, still need to be addressed. This chapter provides a review of various definitions used in the literature and discusses the individual and organizational benefits of work engagement. An overview of the job and personal resources that stimulate and promote work engagement is followed by a discussion of how organizations can facilitate positive gain cycles that include job resources, personal resources, positive emotions, work engagement and enhanced performance. Both top-down and bottom-up approaches to individual and organizational interventions are included.

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This chapter provides an overview of the increasing prevalence and importance of workplace wellness initiatives on a global scale. While workplace wellness programs are particularly prevalent in the USA, they are also becoming common in Europe and Asia. The chapter addresses the background of wellness initiatives, the range and prevalence of wellness programs offered, and an example of a comprehensive wellness program. The research evidence on program effectiveness is presented, both in terms of financial benefits for the company and the health benefits for the individual. Three factors that are crucial for program success are discussed – planning, participation and evaluation – and ethical and legal issues concerning wellness incentive programs, control and medical privacy are considered. The conclusion is that well-designed and -implemented corporate wellness programs are likely to increase individual health and quality of life, while at the same time increasing organizational effectiveness and reducing healthcare costs. Future research directions and challenges are discussed.

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Astrid M. Richardsen and Ronald J. Burke

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Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen

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Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen

Workplaces can often be sources of stress, interfering with both job satisfaction and performance. This book explores ways to combat the factors contributing to an unhealthy workplace by building on the advances in positive psychology and organizational scholarship over the last 15 years.
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Corporate Wellness Programs

Linking Employee and Organizational Health

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen

Corporate Wellness Programs offers contributions from international experts, examining the planning, implementation and evaluation of wellness initiatives in organizations, and offering guidance on how to introduce these programs into the workplace. Previous research evidence surrounding corporate wellness programs is reviewed, to illustrate reduced health care costs, higher levels of employee well-being, greater work engagement, higher levels of performance, and financial gains on well-being investment costs. In this innovative book, various chapters examine the planning, implementation and evaluation of corporate wellness initiatives with guidance on how to introduce these programs in one’s workplace. In addition, organizational case studies highlight best practices and lessons to be learned from them.