Online course

Wellbeing at Work: An Introduction

Understand the importance of employee wellbeing, and consider different definitions of and theoretical approaches to wellbeing.

This course is part of the program Work and Wellbeing, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Business and Organisational Psychology. Find out more.

Explore the theory and importance of good wellbeing at work

Why is employee wellbeing important? How has employee wellbeing previously been defined and what is its impact on our working lives?

Get answers to these questions and more on this course, exploring key definitions of wellbeing at work. You will consider the reach of theoretical approaches to wellbeing from occupational psychology and explore both positive and negative aspects of workplace welfare.

You will also be introduced to methods of assessing employee wellbeing, gain an overview of the key issues related to wellbeing at work, and consider the factors affecting wellbeing.

What topics will you cover?

  • The historical context of wellbeing and existing definitions
  • A brief overview of theoretical approaches to wellbeing in occupational psychology
  • A brief overview of wellbeing across individuals’ working lives
  • The positive and negative aspects of wellbeing at work
  • The key issues around wellbeing for employees, managers and organisations
  • A brief overview of factors affecting wellbeing

When would you like to start?

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore the historical context of wellbeing and existing definitions
  • Critically evaluate theoretical approaches to wellbeing in organisational psychology, relevant to wellbeing
  • Discuss the impact of wellbeing on individuals’ working lives
  • Identify the positive and negative aspects of wellbeing at work
  • Assess the key issues around wellbeing for employees, managers and organisations

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone looking to gain a greater insight into wellbeing at work.

The course is also part of the MSc Business and Organisational Psychology, accredited by the Association for Business Psychology.

Who will you learn with?

MARIA CHARALAMPOUS

AFHEA, MBPsS, MSc, BSc (Hons) Lecturer in Occupational and Business Psychology at Coventry University.
Doctoral Researcher & Qualified Test User: Occupational, Ability, Personality.

Who developed the course?

Coventry secured a gold rating in the UK government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is the country’s top modern university in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

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What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

Do the free course
Join and complete the program
Get academic credit for an online degree from Coventry University

Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Work and Wellbeing, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Business and Organisational Psychology.