Sharing well-being in a work community - Exploring well-being-generating relational systems

Frank Martela*

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What makes employees feel well within an organization? The aim of the present chapter is to start from a paradigm that emphasizes human relationality, affectivity, and intersubjective systems, and accordingly focuses on how well-being is emerging from contextual interrelations between employees. Applying this perspective to a qualitative study of nurses in a nursing home, I came to see the work community as a wellbeing- generating system in which the well-being of individual members is constructed together as an ongoing social accomplishment. In addition, I identified four systemic processes within the work community that greatly influence the well-being-generating capacity of the system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmotions and the organizational fabric
EditorsNeal M. Ashkanasy, Wilfred J. Zerbe, Charmine E. J. Hätel
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78350-934-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameResearch on emotion in organizations
ISSN (Electronic)1746-9791


  • Collective well-being
  • Employee well-being
  • Relationality
  • Systems
  • Work community


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