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Title: Developing an integrated workplace well-being model for theory and management practice
Author: McCreesh, Edel
ISNI:       0000 0004 5369 646X
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2014
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This study examines the potential confusion that arises for business regarding the delimitation of 'Workplace well-being". This potential confusion arises in several places including Government reports, business practice and in academic and other literature. The reason for this is that Workplace well-being is simply equated either with workplace health within a health model and/or as employee engagement within a business model. In this study we explore this issue and argue that for the successful implementation of Work place well-being we should keep health issues distinct from a general business concept of Workplace well being which encompasses other elements such as employee engagement and organisation communication, what we call an 'Integrated Workplace well-being Model (IWBM).' To make our case we focus directly on two cases study organisations where 'Workplace wellbeing' strategies are about to be implemented. As a first step we establish the context and management thinking within these companies regarding their views on what is 'Workplace well-being' within the workplace. We find that the management of both companies are caught between the health and business models, often conflating, confusing or overlapping the two. In order to provide a coherent way forward for both companies we develop an integrated business model of employee engagement which utilises a factorial measurement that allows us to focus on an IWBM approach. This approach is then applied to both cases studies and the findings considered in terms of the practical aims of business and business management in their efforts to develop plans for Workplace well-being. The findings suggest the IWBM offers business a more immediate and tractable process for assessing the present context of Workplace well-being, and that because it is integrated it allows managers to explore individual trajectories (employee engagement or organisation communication for example), as well as allowing them to integrate these within a larger view of the company.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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