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Wellbeing at Work: An Introduction

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

Wellbeing at Work: An Introduction
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

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

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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 students wishing to gain a better understanding of different emotions and their impact in an organisation.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Coventry

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