Investing in corporate wellness programs can result in a return on investment (ROI) ranging from 100 percent to 600 percent of the initial investment. This was found by Leonard Berry (2010), a marketing professor at Texas A&M University, in a study of ten organizations that implemented employee wellness interventions. The return on the initial investment comes from increased employee engagement, retention, and performance, which is driven by improvements in employees’ perceived well-being. Despite solid empirical evidence, the pressure to meet profit targets can cause managers in many organizations to focus on business objectives and neglect well-being at work, which is often considered of secondary importance.
The current line of research aims to improve scientific knowledge in the study of indicators and mediators of occupational well-being in organizations. To this end, the project aims to apply the Job Demands-Resources Model (JD-R: Demerouti, Bakker, Nachreiner and Schaufeli, 2001; Bakker and Demerouti, 2007) within specific organizational contexts. The JD-R model is of particular interest in the field of application because it makes it possible to recognize the uniqueness and specific characteristics of each work environment, which are indispensable elements in determining the state of well-being of employees. The most accredited lines of research (Bakker & Demerouti, 2007) dwell on the importance of including the role of workers’ resources in the model. This factor can determine the emergence of specific organizational outcomes such as work engagement. Thus, this line of research aims to study and identify how certain factors (work and personal) affect the quality of organizational life by analyzing the role of specific characteristics of the work environment in contributing to the improvement of the work experience of employees of organizations.
All scientific publications of the Research Center related to this area of research are available at the following link.
Costantini, A., Ceschi, A., Viragos, A., De Paola, F., & Sartori, R. (2019). The role of a new strength-based intervention on organisation-based self-esteem and work engagement: A three-wave intervention study. Journal of Workplace Learning.
De Paola, Francesco; Ceschi, Andrea; Costantini, Arianna; Sartori, Riccardo, Enhancing happiness at work and job crafting through a new positive psychology intervention in La psicologia del lavoro e il suo impatto sociale: il dialogo con le organizzazioni , Atti di “La psicologia del lavoro e il suo impatto sociale: il dialogo con le organizzazioni” , Roma , 27-29 settembre 2018 , 2018 , pp. 31-31
Costantini, A., & Sartori, R. (2018). The intertwined relationship between job crafting, work-related positive emotions, and work engagement. Evidence from a positive psychology intervention study. The Open Psychology Journal, 11(1).
Costantini, Arianna; De Paola, Francesco; Ceschi, Andrea; Sartori, Riccardo; Meneghini, Anna M.; Di Fabio, Annamaria, Work engagement and psychological capital in the Italian public administration: A new resource-based intervention programme «JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY» , vol. 43 , n. 0 , 2017 , pp. 1-11
Costantini, Arianna; Demerouti, Evangelia; Ceschi, Andrea; Sartori, Riccardo, A job crafting intervention based on the theory of planned behavior. Effects on cognition, behavior and work engagement. in 13th EAOHP Conference 2018 – Adapting to rapid changes in today’s workplace , Atti di “13th EAOHP Conference – Adapting to rapid changes in today’s workplace” , Lisbon, Portugal , 5-7 September 2018 , 2018 , pp. 44-45
Tommasi, Francesco; Costantini, Arianna; Cortese, Claudio; Fiorin, Monica; Ceschi, Andrea; Sartori, Riccardo, Crafting the university experience. Application of job crafting theory to train students through behavioral change. in 19th Eawop Congress – Working for the greater good. Abstract Book , Atti di “19th Eawop Congress – Working for the greater good” , Torino, Italy , 29th May – 1st June 2019 , 2019 , pp. 1986-1986
Costantini, Arianna; Demerouti, Evangelia; Ceschi, Andrea; Sartori, Riccardo, Intervention and communication processes to translate research into well-being at work. Evidence and experiences from research and practice. in 19th Eawop Congress – Working for the greater good. Abstract Book , Atti di “19th Eawop Congress – Working for the greater good” , Torino, Italy , 29th May – 1st June 2019 , 2019 , pp. 470-470
Costantini, Arianna; Sartori, Riccardo; Ceschi, Andrea, Job crafting paving the way towards workplace innovation. Testing the effect of a workplace intervention based on job crafting. in Workplace Innovation: present and future scoping of a new field. Symposium to be presented at 2018 EURAM conference. , Atti di “EURAM18” , University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland , 19-22 June 2018 , 2018 , pp. 1-15
Costantini, A., Turchet, C., Sartori, R., Ceschi, A., Il rientro al lavoro dopo la maternità: uno studio sul rapporto fra policy organizzative, supporto percepito e livelli di work-family balance nella determinazione di commitment, engagement e career satisfaction. in Programma dei lavori e contributi presentati , Atti di “Congresso annuale AIP 2015 – Sezione Organizzazioni.” , Palermo, Italia. , 17-19 Settembre , 2015 , pp. 100-100
Berry, L. L., Mirabito, A. M., & Baun, W. B. (2010). What’s the hard return on employee wellness programs. Harvard business review, 88(12), 104-112.