Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being
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Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Kathryn M. Page

Almost every person works at some point in their lives. The Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being examines the association of particular work experiences with employee and organizational health and performance.
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Chapter 15: Developing psychological capital to boost work performance and well-being

Carolyn M. Youssef-Morgan and Jeff P. Dahms


Psychological capital (PsyCap) is a composite positive psychological state that is theory and evidence based, measurable, developmental, and related to work outcomes. Hope, efficacy, resilience, and optimism (summarized by the acronym HERO), are the four constituent psychological resources of PsyCap. After a brief historical perspective and a summary of the positive psychology foundations of PsyCap, this chapter provides an overview of evidence-based techniques that managers and employees can use to develop PsyCap and its constituent resources in the workplace.

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