All employers experience emotions. Emotions - variable, contagious, sometimes hidden but influential requiring constant management - are a part of everyday working life. Emotions affect workplace relationships and thoughts, attitudes and behaviour of employees and managers at work. There is an increasing interest by researchers and organisations in positive moods and emotions and how these impact on employees at work.

Areas of research

  • Role of emotions in organisations
  • Workplace emotions
  • Emotional regulation at multi-levels
  • Emotions in teams
  • Emotions and relationships
  • Emotions and conflict resolution
  • Stress and emotion
  • Toxic emotions at work
  • Emotions and workplace deviance
  • Leadership and emotions
  • Emotions and performance
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Emotional labour
  • Resilience at work

Emotion at Work

Professor Peter Jordan explains how understanding Emotion in the workplace helps organisations reach their goals.

Members undertaking research in these areas

Recent projects

Other research activities

Our emotion researchers are involved in a number of disciplinary research collaborations, including:

Recent research outputs

  • Brough, P., Drummond, S., & Biggs, A. 2018, 'Job support, coping, and control: Assessment of simultaneous impacts within the occupational stress process', Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 23(2), pp. 188–197.
  • Jordan, P.J., Ramsay, S., & Westerlaken, K.M. 2016, ‘A review of entitlement implications for workplace research’, Organizational Psychology Review, 7(2), pp. 122-142.
  • Morrow, R., & Brough, P. 2019, '‘It's off to work we go!’ Person–environment fit and turnover intentions in managerial and administrative mining personnel', International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, 25(3), pp. 467-475.
  • Niven, K., Troth, A. & Holman, D. 2019, 'Do the effects of interpersonal emotion regulation depend on people's underlying motives?' Journal of Occupational & Organizational Psychology, DOI: 10.1111/joop.12257.
  • Rafferty A., & Minbashian, A. 2019, 'Cognitive beliefs and positive emotions about change: Relationships with employee change readiness and change-supportive behaviors', Human Relations, 72(10), pp. 1623–1650.
  • Sander, E., Caza, A., & Jordan, P. 2018, 'Psychological perceptions matter: Developing the reactions to the physical work environment scale,' Building and Environment, 45(1), pp. 3-14.
  • Troth, A., & Guest, D. 2019, 'The case for psychology in human resource management research', Human Resource Management Journal, DOI: 10.1111/1748‐8583.12237.
  • Troth, A. C., Lawrence, S. A., Jordan, P. J., & Ashkanasy, N. M. 2018, 'Interpersonal emotion regulation in the workplace: A conceptual and operational review and future research agenda', International Journal of Management Reviews, 20, pp. 523-543.
  • Webster, V., Brough, P., & Daly, K. 2016, 'Fight, flight or freeze: Common responses for follower coping with toxic leadership', Stress and Health, 32(4), pp. 346-254.

A comprehensive list of outputs can be found at our member’s Griffith Experts links above.

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