The Center for Working Well will aim to be at the cutting edge of research when it comes to “working well.” This means ensuring that employees are able to thrive at work and at home by maintaining their well-being (i.e., reducing emotional exhaustion, burnout, and anxiety) and building positive social relationships at work.
We also want to understand how the changing nature of work (e.g., remote and hybrid work, digital nomadism) and issues at the work-nonwork interface (e.g., complex caregiving demands, and the impact of health issues on the workplace) affect well-being. To that end, faculty associates within the Daniels School and across Purdue will have the opportunity to apply for an annual small grant program to fund research related to the mission of the center.
The Center for Working Well (CWW) is committed to supporting research that will aid in our central mission: to develop a robust understand of what “working well” means to employees and organizations—here, encompassing challenges with promoting personal well-being (e.g., reducing workforce burnout, promoting thriving), creating sustainable performance, adopting to grand challenges in modern organizations (e.g., societal issues; hybridization and automation of work), and cultivating positive and inclusion relationships at work and at home broadly defined. In service of this mission, there will be three (3) annual Center for Working Well Research Awards at a maximum of $5,000 each. Those who receive these Research Awards will be asked to conduct their research within one (1) year of receiving the award. They will also be asked to partake in the CWW Organizational Consortium, slated for each fall, where organizations and community members will attend a luncheon to hear about our new research.
The call for the 2023-2024 Research Awards is now open. Proposals should be submitted to Sarah Hetherington (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, December 15 at 5:00PM. Awards will be decided on by the Faculty Director (Allie Gabriel; email@example.com) for this initial awards cycle. Preference will be given to proposals involving student collaborators and/or interdisciplinary collaborations across Purdue University.
Guidelines for the proposals are:
Important dates for consideration:
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Tourism has been seen as a way to relieve people's social stress, but the psychological mechanism underlying the process is still under debate. This research attempts to provide an alternative explanation on tourists' social wellness change between home and destination environments.
Monday, January 29, 2024
Allison Gabriel, the Thomas J. Howatt Chair in Management at the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business and director of Purdue's Center for Working Well, explores how witnessing sexual harassment can influence employees’ willingness to speak up, bring up a concern or offer a suggestion.
Friday, January 12, 2024
With the technology and communication tools available today, the boundary between work and life outside of work has become increasingly blurred, exacerbating issues around work-nonwork conflict. Can social media language be used to detect this conflict?
Tuesday, December 12, 2023
In countries such as the United States that lack maternity or parental leave beyond 6-8 weeks, workplace accommodations for lactating workers are essential. Without breast milk expression accommodations, women employees must choose between breastfeeding their children and full employment.
Monday, October 23, 2023
According to Purdue Assistant Professor Tobias Dennerlein, organizations increasingly attempt to reorganize themselves — to decentralize leadership and become more agile and team-based. To this end, company leaders often preach empowerment, which is a proactive orientation towards one’s work role.
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Do nice people really finish last? And what exactly does it mean to be “nice” anyway? According to Purdue Assistant Professor Jordan Nielsen, people have long debated whether a desire to help others — prosocial motivation — is an asset in the workplace, or a liability.
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Which combinations of coping strategies are beneficial for employees’ work and well-being? Kelly Schwind Wilson's research outlines multiple strategies for successfully managing stressful demands, including planning, prioritizing, positive reframing, and seeking emotional and instrumental support.
Thursday, September 14, 2023
Around one in seven women develop postpartum depression, but from an organizational and managerial perspective, little is known about how women who go through this critical experience reenter the workforce successfully, says Allison Gabriel.
Friday, September 8, 2023
Management experts often encourage business leaders to motivate employees by empowering them, but a majority of American workers right now are not feeling very motivated on the job, a new survey by Tobias Dennerlein suggests.
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Ellen Ernst Kossek looks at the popular press and scholarly research and shows that both suggest that the pandemic created a seismic disruption to work and nonwork boundaries and has set back women’s careers and gender equality a generation.