Well-Being at Work: Applying Dynamics of Affect in Positive Psychological Interventions

  • Joanna SosnowskaEmail author
  • Yannick Griep


Recently, there have been repeated calls in the affect literature to acknowledge the dynamic nature of affective experiences. In order to understand how daily fluctuations of affect impact employee well-being at work, scholars have proposed to focus on several dynamic elements of affect such as self-regulating forces, or the extent to which we experience different emotional states. So far, the dynamic elements of affect have been examined in relation to various well-being outcomes at work such as burnout and work engagement. Whereas this dynamic and integrative approach to affect has sparked novel research, one of the major challenges pertains to the practical use of the dynamic properties of affect in the workplace. In this chapter, we address this issue by focusing on how dynamic properties of affect can be applied in positive psychological interventions with the aim of improving employee well-being at work. First, this chapter focuses on the existing dynamic concepts of affective experiences. Second, the existing literature on affect dynamics and well-being at work, and how the current knowledge can be used when creating positive well-being interventions at work are analysed. Third, the chapter offers practical solutions for organizations and employers wanting to improve employees’ working experience, as well as recommendations that can be directly engaged in by employees. Altogether, by explaining how the current knowledge on dynamics of affect can be used in positive psychological interventions, the present chapter contributes to better understanding of how to improve employees’ well-being at work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  3. 3.Division of EpidemiologyStress Research Institute, Stockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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