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Employee well-being and organizational performance: Making work work SSS25

  • School: School of Social Sciences
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Starting: 2022
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded


NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2022

Project ID: SSS25

This project will aim to understand the interconnectedness between employee health and well-being and organizational performance. There is a wide acknowledgement that employee well-being and organizational performance are interdependent and that not only is ‘good health is good for business’, but also that ‘good work is good for health’. However, our knowledge and practice are limited by an either-or focus. Well-being is most often seen as an end in itself that is disassociated from productivity, which presents a significant missed opportunity. When we attempt to link the two, we tend to focus on well-being as a pathway to improving performance outcomes. Either-or approaches that prioritise one over the other may be practical and have immediate gains but are also wasteful and unsustainable in the long term. As a result, we neglect the dynamic interplay between the two and miss opportunities to understand and bolster both in tandem.

This work will build on recent calls to focus on the duality of performance and well-being and how they can be managed in tandem. It has the potential to address the UK’s productivity paradox and provide solutions for sustainable quality of work and life.

The project will adopt a mixed methods approach that will combine a review study, a proof of concept study, comparative case studies, and organisational interventions. It will be carried out with input from international experts in the field including Professor Caroline Biron (Laval University, Canada) and Dr Christine Ipsen (Danish Technical University). It will build on joint work by Karanika-Murray and Whysall with these experts, which includes journal papers, editorial papers, research projects, and edited books. As such, the PhD candidate will have opportunities to work with support from an international team of researchers to develop in an emerging field that has potential to change how we view and manage workplace health and performance.

School strategic research priority

This project aligns with the Centre for Public and Psychosocial Health and Health and Wellbeing.

Entry qualifications

For the eligibility criteria, visit our studentship application page.

How to apply

For guidance and to make an application, please visit our studentship application page. The application deadline is Friday 14 January 2022.

Fees and funding

This is part of NTU's 2022 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

Guidance and support

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