Work is endlessly fascinating to people because it is a core part of the human condition. People live lives at work. They are anxious, depressed, focused, and energetic. They have a broader sense of well-being and derive meaning and identity from work. They can experience despair and sorrow over lost work. Work is an essential element of what it means to be human in the same way that loving is or playing is. Because of the importance of work to human nature you cannot fully understand humans without understanding the experience of working.
In our research program we are committed to understanding the first-person experience of work, from the immediate episodic feeling of what it is like to be working to the broader autobiographical narratives that people create to provide coherence for their work lives. Please look at the descriptions of the various projects we are currently working on to get a better sense of our research program.
Weiss, H. M. and Rupp, D. E. (2011). Experiencing work: An essay on a person-centric work psychology. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 4, 83-97.
Beal, D. J., Weiss, H. M., Barros, E. & MacDermid, S. M. (2005) An episodic process model of affective influences on performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90,1054-1086.
Weiss, H. M. & Cropanzano, R. (1996). Affective Events Theory: A theoretical discussion of the structure, causes, and consequences of affective experiences at work. In B. M. Staw and L. L. Cummings (Eds.), Research in Organizational Behavior, Vol. 18 (pp. 1-74). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.
February, 2013 - "Goals and Affect" by Plemmons and Weiss appeared in New Developments In Goal Setting and Performance
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