Team Wellbeing Through Reflection and Communication: Research

Team Wellbeing Through Reflection and Communication
Team Wellbeing Through Reflection and Communication
Team Wellbeing Through Reflection and Communication
Team Wellbeing Through Reflection and Communication

Team Wellbeing Through Reflection and Communication: Research

Team Wellbeing Through Reflection and Communication

Team Wellbeing Through Reflection and Communication: Research

Highlighting the Conflict

Recent research from Greater Helsinki, Finland, illuminates the delicate interplay between team and individual wellbeing in the workplace. Emma Nordbäck, Assistant Professor at Hanken School of Economics, underscores the importance of striking a balance between team and individual needs to prevent burnout and maintain overall team cohesion.

Study Insights: Understanding the Dynamics

Published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, the study examined 69 individuals across 12 teams during the COVID pandemic. Through qualitative diaries and questionnaires, researchers delved into factors such as individual work engagement, burnout risk, team viability, satisfaction, and interpersonal relationships.

Navigating Today’s Work Landscape

Assistant Professor Niina Nurmi of Aalto University highlights the challenges posed by today’s fast-paced work environment, where disruptions can strain both team and individual dynamics. The study reveals instances where individuals prioritized their own needs at the expense of team wellbeing, while others focused solely on team survival, risking their own wellbeing in the process.

Well-being Through Reflection

The study emphasizes the role of reflection in fostering both individual and team wellbeing. Nordbäck suggests that open communication and adaptive practices are key to addressing the divergent needs within teams. However, such reflective teams remain in the minority, signaling a need for greater awareness and action in fostering collective welfare.

Looking Ahead: Prioritizing Team Dynamics

As workplaces increasingly prioritize individual needs, Nordbäck stresses the critical role of team leaders in promoting communication and informed compromises among team members. By ensuring that both individual and team wellbeing receive due attention, organizations can bolster long-term viability and success.

Research Team and Insights

Alongside Nordbäck and Nurmi, the research team included Jennifer Gibbs, Maggie Boyraz, and Minna Logemann. Their collaborative efforts underscore the importance of prioritizing welfare issues and fostering relationships to navigate complex workplace dynamics.

Contact Information and About Aalto University

For further information, please contact:

  • Emma Nordbäck
    Assistant Professor, Hanken School of Economics
    Phone: +358505677528
    emma.nordback@hanken.fi
  • Niina Nurmi
    Assistant Professor, Aalto University
    Phone: +358505771693
    niina.nurmi@aalto.fi
  • Communications contactSedeer el-Showk International media editor, Aalto University Phone: +358 50 4738044 Email: sedeer.elshowk@aalto.fi

Aalto University, located in Greater Helsinki, is renowned for its innovative solutions to global challenges, fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and collaboration since its inception in 2010.

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