Creating Psychologically Healthy Workplaces
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Creating Psychologically Healthy Workplaces

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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Chapter 15: Work engagement: increasing employee well-being and organizational effectiveness

Astrid M. Richardsen

Abstract

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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