Full course description
This course focuses on people at work in organisations. It will provide answers to questions as ‘Why do some people flourish while others suffer at work?’, ‘How does work affect our health and well-being?’, or ‘How can a healthy work-life balance be achieved’. These questions will be addressed by discussing theories of work design, work stress, and occupational health. Using this knowledge, it will be discussed how jobs can (or should) be changed, to optimise individual performance and the well-being of the job incumbent. At the end of this course, students should be able to provide answers to questions as: What are important work characteristics? How can health and well-being be fostered in organisations? How can people optimally recover from the demands of work? Is remote work a blessing or a curse?
The corresponding practical for this course is: The Future of Work - Part 1
Students are able to:
- explain and compare different theories on job design, emotional labor, work stress, workplace mistreatment, and the work-family interface;
- apply this theoretical knowledge to understand and suggest solutions to work-related problems;
- understand and critically evaluate research methodologies used in research studies;
- propose optimal research designs to study research questions;
- present scientific articles to peers.