Thriving At Work Rather Than Just Going Through the Motions

Topic(s): development, job performance, self efficacy, wellness
Publication: Journal of Organizational Behavior (April, 2014)
Article: Thriving at work: Impact of psychological capital and supervisor support
Authors: T.A. Paterson, F. Luthans, and W. Jeung
Reviewed by: Lauren Zimmerman

Are there times where you feel like you’re just “going through the motions” at work? If so, there’s good news: Instead of continuing with your daily tasks like a preprogrammed robot, you can thrive at work!

THRIVING AT WORK: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

A new study from T.A. Paterson, F. Luthans and W. Jeung examines thriving at work, which involves an employee’s experience of both learning and vitality in the workplace.

Specifically, this study looked at how supervisor support and employees’ levels of hope, efficacy, resiliency and optimism (i.e., psychological capital) ultimately influence their success in the workplace.

Additionally, these authors explored the influence thriving at work has on employees’ job performance and self-development.

 

EXAMINING THE RESULTS

The “Thriving At Work” study’s results revealed that employees who were more hopeful, efficacious, resilient, and optimistic at work were more likely to thrive, leading to employees who were more focused on their assigned tasks.

Similarly, employees with very supportive supervisors were also more likely to thrive at work and be more focused.

Furthermore, these employees who thrived at work engaged in more work-related self-development and had higher levels of job performance (as rated by their supervisors).

 

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR HR PROFESSIONALS

Collectively, these results indicate that employers and organizations should seek to promote “thriving at work” and not just “going through the motions” on a daily basis. Not only because employees who thrive at work perform better than their robotic coworkers, but also because the experience of thriving at work promotes employees’ self-development initiatives.

This discovery is especially important for organizations. Today’s workplace continues to evolve rapidly, and companies need employees who can easily adapt and develop along with the ever-changing work environment.

Therefore, organizations should strive to create supportive work environments, which provide employees with enhanced opportunities for thriving at work!

 

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