Wellbeing and Performance Research Group

Led by Dr Marcus Ho, the group is a hub for research and industry engagement relating to people’s wellbeing and performance at work both nationally and internationally.

Our members have expertise in a broad range of wellbeing and performance issues. Current projects cover topics such as:

  • aged care workforce
  • public healthcare management
  • wellbeing of public sector and professional employees
  • organisational resilience
  • organisational change
  • telework, work-life balance and job satisfaction
  • organisational psychology issues
  • workplace bullying


RESEARCH PROJECTS

The Physical Work Environment
This project examines how the physical work environment (and the way that change to the physical environment is managed) affects employees on outcomes such as wellbeing, the quality of their interpersonal relationships, and productivity. This ongoing project focuses on outcomes such as collaboration, resource and knowledge sharing, and stress. As part of this project, researchers were involved with analysing Meredith Connell's move to purpose-built open-plan offices. In 2018, the twenty month follow up report was published. Read the report.
Key researchers: Rachel Morrison and Roy Smollan

Emergency health and wellbeing project
This project investigates the effect of stress management training in emergency medicine hospital practice.  This project began as a pilot trial with the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) only, and has now been expanded to become a full wait list controlled trial including three district health boards and four regional hospital emergency medicine departments as well as the HEMS team. This project has active support from the research committees of all three Auckland regional hospital boards and from the Australian College of Emergency medicine.
Key researchers: Mark Le Fevre (AUT Business), Chris Denny, Alana Harper, James Le Fevre (Auckland Regional Public Health Service)

The New Zealand Aged Care Workforce
This project works in close collaboration with key industry partners in aged care in New Zealand to survey the workforce including care workers, nurses and managers. Key partners include: Careerforce New Zealand, The Kaiāwhina Workforce Action Plan, the Care Association of New Zealand, Ē Tū Union, the Home and Community Health Association New Zealand, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation and the PSA. This provides a unique data set of trends in employment in this sector.
Key researchers: Katherine Ravenswood and Julie Douglas

Community care Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) & wellbeing
This project investigates how “human resource partnerships” (for example, the partnership between HR departments and line managers) and HRM in organisations lead to important organisational outcomes such as employee trust and resilience.  While this ‘partnerships’ has been traditionally recognised, there has been very little research to understand how these HR partnerships translates into overall organisational outcomes; including, crucially, how this partnership affects employee perceptions of organisational outcomes and behaviours.
Key researcher: Katherine Ravenswood

Organisational trust and resilience: HRM and human capital perspectives
This project investigates how “human resource partnerships” (for example, the partnership between HR departments and line managers) and HRM in organisations lead to important organisational outcomes such as employee trust and resilience.  While this ‘partnerships’ has been traditionally recognised, there has been very little research to understand how these HR partnerships translates into overall organisational outcomes; including, crucially, how this partnership affects employee perceptions of organisational outcomes and behaviours.
Key researchers: Marcus Ho, Jarrod Haar, and Diep Nguyen (ECU)

Critical Wellbeing Project
The overall aim of this research project is takes a critical perspective on wellbeing in society.  This project aims to examine alternative views of wellbeing in society with the object of understanding how wellbeing impacts employee notions of work and employment relations.  Specifically, it seeks to examine how wellbeing is understood and enacted in less studied contexts such as Maori, minority groups and communities, and alternative organisational forms.
Key researcher: Katherine Ravenswood

Organisational resilience: Understanding resilience in a Maori context
The focus of this project is understanding how Maori communities and stakeholders in social organisations sustain and promote resilience.  It is hoped the project will be able to develop a Maori based conceptualization and development of the resilience concept for indigenous and New Zealand organizations.
Key researchers: Marcus Ho, Smita Singh and Jarrod Haar

MEMBERS

Adnan Khan Anne Messervy
Barbara McKenzie-GreenBarbara Myers
Ben KenobiBeomCheol (Peter) Kim
Candice HarrisCharles Crothers
Clare George Coral Ingley
Diep Nguyen Erica Hinckson
Felicity LammGail Pacheco
Gaye GreenwoodGayle Morris
Helena Cooper-ThomasJarrod Haar
Karen Lo Katherine Ravenswood
Kathryn Owler Kirk Reed
Marcus Ho (group leader) Mark Le Fevre
Nancy McIntyreNicola Naismith
Rachel Morrison Rebecca Jarden
Ross MilneRoy Smollan
Sean KimptonSmita Singh
Sue YongStephanie Rossouw
Thushini Jayawardena Trish Corner
Valerie Wright-St ClairWendy Wrapson


If you would like to become an actively involved research member please contact us.