Conferencias invitadas

Jueves 4 de Octubre de 2018. 18,00 horas

Improving employee well-being and functioning at work: The use of bottom-up approaches

Work engagement and burnout represent two indicators of work-related well-being that are important for employee functioning, including task and contextual performance. Engaged employees are generally found in jobs high on job resources, whereas burned-out employees seem to hold jobs high on job demands and low on job resources. The critical question is how work engagement can be stimulated and burnout be avoided. Next to top-down interventions, bottom-up approaches are proposed to be effective in stimulating work engagement and reducing burnout. Job crafting, i.e. the adjustments that individuals make in their job demands and resources to make work more meaningful and fit their preferences, is suggested to represent a means to improve employee well-being. Evidence from longitudinal and diary studies as well as field experiments will be presented.

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Prof. Dr. Evangelia Demerouti
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.

Evangelia Demerouti is a full professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands and distinguished professor at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research interests include topics from the field of well-being and performance, including positive organisational behaviour, the Job Demands – Resources model, job crafting and work-family interface. She is associate editor of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology and has published over 200 articles and book chapters.

Sábado  6 de Octubre de 2018. 19,00 horas

How Power Affects Thought and Action: Energizing and Seeking Salient Goals

I will discuss research supporting the notion that power activates a specific type of approach motivation – that associated with action and goal seeking. Power energizes people, increases eagerness, and working to obtain one’s aims and desires. These effects can be seen in response to any salient goals triggered by the predispositions of the person by work tasks or by opportunities.

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Prof. Ana Guinote PhD
University College London

Ana Guinote is an associate professor at the University College London. She graduated from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. She has served as associate editor for social psychology, personality and social psychology bulletin, and the British journal of social psychology. She was the UK representative, and member of the steering committee of the European Social Cognition Network between 2008 and 2014. Her expertise lies in social cognition and social hierarchies linked to status, power or majority/minority status. Her work has examined the impact of power and status hierarchies on individuals, including cognitive processes, motivation and self-regulation. Her research has been published at the Annual Review of Psychology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.