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Sharing Well-Being in a Work Community – Exploring Well-Being-Generating Relational Systems

Emotions and the Organizational Fabric

ISBN: 978-1-78350-939-3, eISBN: 978-1-78350-934-8

Publication date: 14 August 2014


What makes employees feel well within an organization? The aim of the present chapter is to start from a paradigm that emphasizes human relationality, affectivity, and intersubjective systems, and accordingly focuses on how well-being is emerging from contextual interrelations between employees. Applying this perspective to a qualitative study of nurses in a nursing home, I came to see the work community as a well-being-generating system in which the well-being of individual members is constructed together as an ongoing social accomplishment. In addition, I identified four systemic processes within the work community that greatly influence the well-being-generating capacity of the system.




The author wants to thank Esa Saarinen, Jukka Luoma, Amy Wrzesniewski, and anonymous reviewers of Emonet for helpful comments. In addition, the author wants to thank participants of the Emonet – International Conference on Emotions and Worklife in 2012 in Helsinki for encouraging discussions on an earlier version of this chapter.


Martela, F. (2014), "Sharing Well-Being in a Work Community – Exploring Well-Being-Generating Relational Systems", Emotions and the Organizational Fabric (Research on Emotion in Organizations, Vol. 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 79-110.



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