Globalisation of organisations and increasing pressures for greater worker productivity have led to more casual, part-time and contingent work arrangements, reduced job quality and job insecurity; which can result in decreased productivity, stress and burnout. Within such a context, organisations are increasingly focusing on policies and practices to improve workplace wellbeing. Such initiatives focus on a range of issues affecting workers and their psychological and physical health and wellbeing at work.

Research areas

  • Adolescents and work health and safety
  • Chronic health diseases of workers
  • Employee participation and shift roster scheduling
  • Employee wellbeing
  • Identity at work
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Learning and training processes
  • Organisational psychology
  • Occupational stress, bullying and coping
  • Occupational values
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Personality
  • Psychological health of high-risk workers (such as emergency service workers, correctional workers)
  • Resilience at work
  • Risk cognition
  • Safety and risk management
  • Work intensification and working time
  • Working time/ work-life balance
  • Work intensification and labour adjustment

Wellbeing at Work

Professor Paula Brough explains how employee wellbeing benefits the employment relationship.

Members undertaking research in this area

Recent research outputs

  • Brough, P., & Boase, A. 2019, 'Occupational stress management in the legal profession: Development, validation, and assessment of a stress-management instrument', Australian Journal of Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/ajpy.12244.
  • Chu, M. L., Creed, P. A., & Conlon, E. G. 2019, 'Work–study boundary congruence, contextual supports, and proactivity in university students who work: A moderated-mediation model', Journal of Career Development, DOI: 10.1177/0894845319830253.
  • Gifkins, J., Johnston, A., & Loudoun, R. 2018,'The impact of shift work on eating patterns and self-care strategies utilised by experienced and inexperienced nurses', The Journal of Biological and Medical Rythm Research, 35(6), pp. 811-820.
  • Kellner, A., Townsend, K., Loudoun, R. and Wilkinson, A. 2019, 'Barriers to frontline manager support for high-trauma workers', Personnel Review, 48(6), pp. 1394-1409.
  • Raper, M., Brough, P., & Biggs, A. 2019, 'Evidence for the impact of organisational resources versus job characteristics in assessments of occupational stress over time', Applied Psychology, Accepted Author Manuscript, DOI:10.1111/apps.12201.
  • Rogers, M., & Glendon A.I. 2018, ‘Development and initial validation of the five-factor model adolescent personality questionnaire (FFM-APQ)’, Journal of Personality Assessment, 100(3), pp. 292-304.
  • Sheppard, S., Hood, M., & Creed, P. A.  2019, 'An identity control theory approach to managing career identity in emerging adults', Emerging Adulthood, DOI: 10.1177/2167696819830484.
  • Somoray, K., Newton, C., Lewis., & Wishart, D. 2019, 'Development of proactive safety behaviour scale within the work driving context', DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-94589-7_46.
  • Thurston, E., & Glendon, A. I. 2018, Association of risk exposure, organizational identification, and empowerment, with safety participation, intention to quit, and absenteeism', Safety Science, 105, pp. 212-221.
  • Troth, A., & Guest, D. 2019, 'The case for psychology in human resource management research', Human Resource Management Journal, DOI: 10.1111/1748‐8583.12237.
  • Wedagama, P., & Wishart, D. 2018, 'The relationship between self-reported traffic crashes and driver behavior in the road transportation of goods and freight in Bali', International Journal of Technology, 9, DOI: 10.14716/ijtech.v9i3.960.
  • Werth S., Peetz D., & Broadbent K. 2018, 'Issues of power and disclosure for women with chronic illness in their places of work,' in: Werth S., & Brownlow C. (eds) Work and Identity, Palgrave Explorations in Workplace Stigma, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Wilkinson, A., Barry, M., Gomez, R., & Kaufman, B. 2018, 'Taking the pulse at work: An employment relations scorecard for Australia', Journal of Industrual Relations, 60(2), pp.145-175.
  • Xerri, M., Brunetto, Y., & Farr‐Wharton, B. 2019, 'Support for aged care workers and quality care in Australia: A case of contract failure?', Australian Journal of Public Admininstration, 78, pp. 546-561.

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

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