The Worker Wellbeing Lab is a feminist research lab that welcomes scholars interested in employee health, flourishing, and belonging.
The lab is directed by Dr. Gloria Gonzalez-Morales. Her research involves the disciplines of occupational health psychology and positive organizational psychology to study work stress, work-life and diversity, workplace mistreatment and victimization, workplace respect, emotion regulation and the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based interventions to improve occupational psychological well-being.
We organize the research at the WW lab in three buckets: health, flourishing, and belonging. Most research projects cross over from one bucket to another because we understand worker wellbeing within organizational systems.
Work stress and resource mobilization theory
Dr. Gonzalez-Morales studies the antecedents and outcomes of challenge-hindrance stressor appraisal in collaboration with Dr. Neves (Universida de Nova de Lisboa) and Dr. Ewles (Canada). This line of research also includes theory building around the idea of stressor appraisal and mobilization of resources from a longitudinal and multilevel perspective, and its application to organizational behavior.
Alyssa Birnbaum’s thesis research examines the contagion of burnout using Social Network Analysis.
Work during COVID-19
Chloe Darlington, Megan Benzing and Alyssa Birnbaum are doing research on workers forced to work remotely during the pandemic. They are using reflexive thematic analysis and applying boundary theory to analyze interviews about work-life balance during this time.
Emily Zavala, Chloe Darlington, and Elizabeth Paulson are exploring the wellbeing risks of workers in the gig economy.
Emotion regulation in the workplace
A program of research initially developed with a team of European researchers (Germany: Dr. Michel, Dr. Hoppe, Dr. Steide; Ireland: Dr. Oshea) on experiential sampling studies that explore the relationships between work and non-work domains, and resource-based interventions to enhance employee well-being. This line of research has evolved in several streams. One of them, funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, and in collaboration with Dr Margaret Lumley, led to the release of a mobile application, Emotion Savvy, to train emotional regulation in young adults, developed in collaboration with Emotional Apps. We are investigating how this type of applications can be used in workplaces to improve organizational climate, social relationships and occupational well-being.
Living a calling
Megan Benzing’s thesis research studies how living a calling leads to engagement (and lower burnout), benefiting the organization through the enactment of OCBs.
Careers and entrepreneurship
Dr. Gonzalez-Morales has developed different research projects that deal with career development of young workers: a transdisciplinary collaboration with scholars from Arts, Psychology and Engineering to study soft skill training in higher education and how it relates to career development; in Argentina, with Dr. Batlle (Universidad de Buenos Aires) studying correlates of career maturity among high school students.
Dr. Gonzalez-Morales is applying a work stress and gender paradigm to the study of nascent entrepreneurship with colleagues from Portugal (Dr. Neves and Dr. Lopez, Nova Business School) and Spain (Dr. Diaz, Universidad de La Laguna).
This is a program of research for developing conceptual, theoretical and methodological contributions such as reflective measures of victimization, diversity and inclusion; narrative and meta-analytic reviews of workplace incivility; experiments to understand the antecedents of victimization; and theory building to propose a framework of workplace respect. Given that respect in the workplace is closely connected to the belonging of employees, this program of research is enacted from a diversity and inclusion perspective and theoretically anchored in positive organizational scholarship and emotional management.
Dr. Gonzalez-Morales’ project on cultural diversity and communication-based incivility is funded with competitive funding from the Federal Canadian Agency, SSHRC in collaboration with Hr. Hausdorf from University of Guelph, Canada and Dr. Koehler, from University of Melbourne, Australia.
Entrepreneurial Belonging of Women in STEM
Cecelia Dotzler is researching the entrepreneurial belonging of women in STEM using a multilevel perspective that highlights the masculinity contest cultures of entrepreneurial contexts and the need to value relational practice.
Integrative Team Belonging Training
Dr. Gonzalez-Morales is working with Dr. Feitosa (Claremont McKenna College) on a project funded through a Blais Challenge Award.
Nohelia Veliz Argote is leading the WW lab work in this project that incorporates team processes, diversity and emotional management, to create more resilient work teams.
Gender and sexual diversity
We are working on several projects focused on women’s emotional labor, high quality connections and relational practice; bias literacy interventions to support gender equality in the workplace; workplace experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals (in collaboration with Thomas Sasso University of Guelph, Canada).