CPO “pioneers” cited in Harvard Business Review

April 18, 2016

In the Harvard Business Review article, “Good Bosses Create More Wellness Than Wellness Plans Do,” author Emma Seppala cites research from the “pioneers of positive organizational psychology” including CPO faculty members Kim Cameron and Jane Dutton.

The article questions what leads to employee happiness and examines current practices to try and improve employee well-being such as corporate wellness programs. Seppala explains that these programs can actually be a source of stress. She suggests that instead of looking to programs or “transactions” to increase employee engagement, organizations should focus on the people or the “interactions” that happen on a day-to-day basis.

“Leaders set the tone for their organization, and their behavior determines whether interactions in their organization are characterized by trust, forgiveness, understanding, empathy, generosity, and respect,” she writes.