Resilient Organisations:Sense of Belonging at Work, Wellbeing and Performance During Recession

Ogbonnaya, Chidiebere, Daniels, Kevin, Steffans, Nik and Haslam, Alex (2018) Resilient Organisations:Sense of Belonging at Work, Wellbeing and Performance During Recession. What Works Wellbeing.

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For a thriving country and workforce, we need to understand what can help organisations maintain economic performance and workplace wellbeing in turbulent times. Past evidence shows that a sense of belonging and identity in the workplace is associated with higher wellbeing1. In an experimental study simulating a prison environment, there is evidence that in groups with a strong sense of identity, people are likely to help each other during times of adversity2. This study explores whether a sense of belonging also contributes to organisational resilience. To do so it looks at UK data from before and after the 2008 recession to show that a sense of belonging in the workplace may help maintain wellbeing and organisational performance through adversity. Workplace belonging is gauged by asking whether employees share the values of the organisation where they work, and how loyal and proud they are of the organisation. We found that workplaces that had been hit by the recession, but where employees had a strong sense of organisational identity were: ● More than four times more likely to have withstood negative effects of recession on employee wellbeing than workplaces with a weak sense of identity. ● Almost four times more likely to have maintained high levels of organisational performance. As with any study, there are limitations to these findings: for example we were reliant on managers’ reports of organisational performance, and we were not able to follow employees over more than two time points.

Item Type: Book
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Employment Systems and Institutions
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Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2020 23:57
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