Special Issue "HRM Leading the Way to Workplace Happiness"

A special issue of Merits (ISSN 2673-8104).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2023 | Viewed by 362

Special Issue Editors

Department of Management, ISEG – Advance/CSG - Lisbon School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon, 1249-078 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: HRM; OB; sustainability
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Department of Management, ISEG –Advance/CSG – Lisbon School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon, 1200-725 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: HRM; OB; green HRM; sustainability
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Multidisciplinary Institute for Enterprise (IME), Faculty of Economic and Management, Department of Business Administration, University of Salamanca, 37009 Salamanca, Spain
Interests: human resource management; innovation; sustainability; organizational behavior; entrepreneurship; well-being
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Organizational research on happiness uses positive psychology as a theoretical support, addressing emotions and meaningful experiences at work (Gavin and Mason, 2004). Workplace happiness relates to the feelings of satisfaction, organizational commitment, and engagement (Salas-Vallina and Alegre, 2021). As a result, cooperation, organizational commitment (Zipperer and Wu, 2016), and higher satisfaction increase happiness and reduce workplace violence and turnover (Leal et al., 2018). Therefore, workplace happiness and wellbeing closely linked to individual attitudes, behavior changes, goal attainment, satisfaction, and purpose (Kawalya et al., 2019). However, some organizational phenomena may generate workplace unhappiness. Evidence shows that competition stressors (Vesperi et al., 2020) lead to burnout and emotional exhaustion (Rathert et al, 2022), preventing workplace happiness. Recent studies (Gray et al., 2019; Lee et al., 2020) have drawn our attention to the reintroduction of workplace happiness and wellbeing into the research agenda. Workplace happiness describes the experience of passionate employees demonstrating enthusiasm for and commitment to their work, finding meaningful purpose in their jobs, and establishing good relationships at their workplace (Kun and Gadanecz, 2022). Most studies have examined the influence of objective variables on workplace happiness; nevertheless, we believe its subjective origins should also be explored.

This Special Issue aims to elucidate the ways in which workplace happiness can be improved.

This call for papers invites researchers, regardless of their methodological, ontological, or philosophical backgrounds, to contribute to the debate on HRM and its relation to workplace happiness. Research that advocates an optimistic position, as well as others that do not, are welcome. Papers should present theoretically well-founded work and rigorous methodological analysis. Empirical original research articles and literature reviews are welcome.

Workplace happiness should be a priority for HRM.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Let us all make the difference.

Gavin, J. H., & Mason, R. O. (2004). The Virtuous Organization: The Value of Happiness in the Workplace. Organizational Dynamics, 33(4), 379–392.

Gray, P., Senabe, S., Naicker, N., Kgalamono, S., Yassi, A., & Spiegel, J. M. (2019). Workplace-based organizational interventions promoting mental health and happiness among healthcare workers: A realist review. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(22), 4396.

Kun, A., & Gadanecz, P. (2022). Workplace happiness, well-being and their relationship with psychological capital: A study of Hungarian Teachers. Current Psychology, 41, 185–199.

Leal, C.T., Marques, C.P., Marques, C.S. & Cruz, M. (2018). The influence of knowledge sharing on Portuguese healthcare organisations' performance. International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 9(3), 279-293.

Lee, H. W. (2020). Interpersonal competition in organization: an investigation of antecedents. International Journal of Manpower, 41(8), 1363-1383.

Rathert, C., Ishqaidef, G., & Porter, T. H. (2022). Caring work environments and clinician emotional exhaustion: Empirical Test of an Exploratory Model. Health Care Management Review, 47(1), 58-65.

Salas-Vallina, A., & Alegre, J. (2021). Happiness at work: Developing a shorter measure. Journal of Management & Organization, 27(3), 460-480. 

Vesperi, W., Ventura, M., & Cristofaro, C. L. (2020). Conflict management as an organizational capacity: survey of hospital managers in healthcare organizations. Measuring Business Excellence, 25(4), 390-406.

Zipperer, L. & Wu, A. (2016). The healthcare environment and knowledge: blunt end experience. Knowledge management in health care. London: Gower, pp.35-52.

Dr. Carla Maria Marques Curado
Prof. Dr. Paulo Lopes Henriques
Dr. Helena Mateus Jerónimo
Prof. Dr. Lucía Muñoz-Pascual
Guest Editors

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  • workplace happiness
  • performance and appraial
  • organizational behaviour
  • ethics and work–life balance
  • careers and diversity management
  • skills management and talents’ attraction
  • knowledge management
  • leadership and communication
  • HRM digital challenges
  • change management

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