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Innovative Interventions to improve employee well-being and performance

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Organizational Effectiveness

Guest Editors:
- Susan Cartwright, University of Lancaster, UK, email: [email protected]
- Simon Albrecht, Deakin University, Australia, email: [email protected]
- Elisabeth Wilson-Evered, Victoria University, Australia, email: [email protected]

Though performance, wellbeing and psychological health and related topics have been well researched for decades, societies all over the world continue to see rises in psychological and physical health problems in the workplace (Cooper, 2013). The rising cost and incidence of mental illness and psychological problems in the workplace remains, for instance, the primary cause of sickness absences (Black 2008; CIPD 2013). Organisations and governments are looking for evidence-based ways to prevent and address the occurrence of ill-health and to promote wellbeing and performance in all organizational contexts. Thus far, research evidence informing practical, innovative and effective ways in which intervene is in short supply though beginning to emerge (cf Giga et al., 2003; Sui et al, 2014).

This special issue aims to address this evidence gap by publishing on the one hand rigorous evaluation studies of innovative organizational interventions or on the other novel and innovative interventions with emerging evidence of making a difference to improve the well-being and productivity of people at work.

Consequently, we are especially receptive to (i) evaluation studies of single interventions which are strong on methodological design and are situated in a sound theoretical or thematic base (ii) meta-analytical studies which offer significant new insights (iii) studies which link both health and performance outcomes and (iv) studies that clearly articulate how the interventions described were conducted.

We welcome diverse methodologies: the quality and integrity of the evidence of change as a result of interventions is the most important consideration. The issue will bring together innovations and interventions showing how positive change can occur as well as orient future discoveries.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for Submission of Papers: 22 February 2016
  • Notification of Decision: April 2016
  • Final Papers Due: September 2016
  • Expected Publication Date: December 2016

Research Themes
Example themes might include:

Mental health prevention/interventions

  • Interventions in mental health (e.g., training managers in mental health to support the return to work of people with mental health issues and preventions programs.
  • Interventions that improve the employability of people with a history of mental health concerns
  • Interventions that engage unemployed, aged, traumatised (e.g., service people and veterans) and culturally diverse groups in productive and gainful work to improve health and wellbeing
  • Interventions that demonstrate the link between policy and practice in mental health prevention in the workplace
  • Interventions that improve resilience and mental resourcefulness and recovery (neural/attitudinal/behavioural evidence)
  • Interventions that link mental and physical health programs with recovery and productivity

Innovation and Wellbeing

  • Innovative cultural, strategic and programmatic interventions to show evidence to support and especially change over time in diverse organizations
  • Creative leadership or team interventions to promote employee performance, vigour, engagement and innovativeness at work
  • Levels of influence interventions through integrated systems of support (policy, human resources, group, individual), to promote high performing work systems
  • Linkage research showing variable influences of, and interactions among, person, context and interventions and outcomes (financial, performance, wellbeing, creativity, productivity)

Guidelines for Authors
As we expect to include 5-6 articles in the SI, articles should not exceed 7000 words including tables, figures and references. Further information about the journal is found here, and guidelines for authors are listed here.
Submissions are to be made via the journal website at Please make sure in your communications and covering letter to identify that your submission is for the Special Issue on 'Employee well-being and performance'.

Black C (2008) Working for a healthier tomorrow: Work and Health in Britain, London: DWP
CIPD (2013). Absence management: annual survey report 2013. London: CIPD
Cooper, C. (2013). The Future of Stress and Health Research. Stress and Health, 29: 349. doi: 10.1002/smi.2544
Giga, S., Cooper C.L and Faragher B (2003) The development of a framework for a comprehensive approach to stress management interventions at work in International Journal of Stress Management 10 (4) 280-296
Siu, O.L., Cooper, C., Phillips, D.R. (2014). Intervention studies on enhancing work and well-being, reducing burnout, and improving recovery experiences among Hong Kong health care workers and teachers. In: International Journal of Stress Management. 21,1, p. 69-84, 16p.