January 30, 2020

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Please note: This event is for invited researchers only.

Re-humanizing workplaces by humanizing workplace relationships

Talk description:
Our modern world is full of people who are lonely, anxious and depressed. As such, loneliness is a growing epidemic and the workplace is no exception. Not only are they lonely but they are also anxious and depressed. Eun Bit argues that many of the psychological and even existential suffering and pain that afflict those living in a contemporary society and organizational form fundamentally draw from dehumanizing conditions we are trapped to live in and encouraged to contribute to, especially in a work context, and that it is important to explore how to re-humanize modern workplaces. In this Incubator presentation, Eun Bit reviews how the field of management have (or have not) addressed the question of humanizing workplaces through humanizing workplace relationships. After identifying what the field of management is still left to understand with respect to this question, she presents the findings from her empirical studies.

Eun Bit is a doctoral candidate in the Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business. Her passion is to understand how to re-humanize modern workplaces by humanizing workplace relationships. Specifically, Eun Bit explores (1) how engaging in aesthetic experiences at work (i.e., reading and discussing literature with coworkers) and (2) how sharing personal stories about growing from challenges can humanize workplace relationships. Before joining the PhD program at Michigan Ross, Eun Bit completed her undergraduate degree in Economics at Dartmouth College and master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Research is the heart of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS), and we want to make sure that we support each other in developing high quality research. To that end, we created the Adderley Positive Research Incubator for sharing and encouraging POS-related research ideas that are at various stages of development.

Learn more about the Adderley Positive Research Incubator here and direct questions about individual sessions to Amy Young at baldwin@umich.edu.