Loon, M, Okay-Ebede, L and Stewart, J (2018) 'The paradox of employee psychological well-being practices: an integrative literature review and new directions for research.' The International Journal of Human Resource Management. ISSN 0958-5192 (Forthcoming)


It is well established that many HR practices aimed at increasing employees’ psychological wellbeing (PWB) and organisational performance conflict and even contradict one another. We address this long-standing issue by undertaking an innovative integrative literature review using the paradox metatheory as a lens. Unlike the contingency approach, a paradox perspective deems real-world tensions as normal, which can also be harnessed, and benefit employees and the organisation. We make three contributions; firstly, we identify contradictory employee PWB and organisational performance HR practices; secondly, we offer a solution in addressing the inherent tension between PWB and organisational performance by developing a new sensemaking conceptual framework; and thirdly, we offer a more nuanced perspective of prevailing arguments by distinguishing endogenous factors that organisations can influence to enhance the synergies between employee PWB and organisational performance HR practices. The intended impact of this paper is to instigate a paradigm shift and shape a new trajectory of thinking about how employee PWB and organisational performance practices can exist side-by-side.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: psychological wellbeing, performance, HR practices, paradox, metatheory
Subjects: A General Works > AS Academies and learned societies (General)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 14 May 2018 13:36
Last Modified: 14 May 2018 13:36
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