Research Areas

Experts at the intersection of organisational success and social impact

Our research team are experts in areas at the intersection of organisational success and social impact. We focus on a number of distinctive research streams:

Wellbeing

Wellbeing in the workplace is a key research interest of WBRC members. Wellbeing is linked to various outcomes such as workplace productivity and it has important wider implications for individuals and society as a whole. In particular, the WBRC, is interested in investigating the role of physiology in relation to workplace performance, as well as the potential impact of retirement age on wellbeing.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR)

Today’s organisations are doing more than just making money or providing services. They are often engaged in helping the societies in which they operate. Our research looks at the employee’s role in this endeavour – how they view CSR, how they engage in their organisation’s CSR, and how they generate CSR from the bottom-up.

Job purpose/ crafting

Our researchers are dedicated to investigating different factors that can lead to positive individual and organisational outcomes at the workplace. Job crafting is a relatively new concept, focusing on the individual actions that employees can take to create a more satisfying and meaningful job for themselves.

Through crafting their jobs, employees can proactively alter the task, relational, and cognitive dimensions of their job. Task crafting involves changing the nature of one’s job tasks, and/or the amount of time, attention and energy allocated to certain duties. Relational crafting involves altering when, how and/or with whom employees interact with while executing their jobs.

At last, cognitive crafting concerns the changes in the way employees perceive the different aspects (e.g., task, relationships) of their jobs. Through job crafting, employees can empower themselves to make their job “their own”, and it has been linked to a number of positive individual outcomes, such as increased job satisfaction, productivity, and work engagement.

Juggling multiple goals

Do you ever feel like you are being pulled in different directions? Or trying to work on lots of varied tasks which compete for your time? Or simply working on things that you don't feel are worthwhile? Our research into how we juggle multiple goals examines all of these dilemmas. We look at how we can help people to engage in important but lower priority tasks at work (such as pro-environmental behaviour), when people are likely to feel conflict about their work and what they might do about it, and how we can best motivate people.

Resilience

Our researchers are interested in improving current understanding and measurement of organisational resilience, in both for-profit and non-profit organisations.

Their research seeks to help organisations improve their ability to deal with potential threats and uncertainty, and also actual disruptions, so that changes in their operational, regulatory, and/or economic environments do not cause operational down-time, or threaten their ability to achieve their purpose. The research is important given the increase in prevalence and range of threats experienced by organisations.

A range of aspects within organisations contribute to organisational resilience; from employees’ behaviour, their inter-personal interactions, to an organisation’s strategy and ways of organising systems and people.

We are also interested in personal resilience and the extent to which it can help employees deal with workplace adversity and instead thrive in the workplace.