Well-being through learning: A systematic review of learning interventions in the workplace and their impact on well-being

David Watson, Olga Tregaskis, Cigdem Gedikli, Antonina Semkina, Oluwafunmilayo Vaughn

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Abstract

The view that learning is central to well-being is widely held and the workplace is an important setting in which learning takes place. Evaluations of the effectiveness of well-being interventions in work settings are commonplace, but to date, there has been no systematic review of the effectiveness of learning interventions with regard to their impact on well-being. The review synthesizes evidence from 41 intervention studies, and although no studies report a negative impact on well-being, 14 show no effect on well-being, with 27 studies having a positive impact. We classify the studies according to the primary purpose of the learning intervention: to develop personal resources for well-being through learning; to develop professional capabilities through learning; to develop leadership skills through learning; and to improve organizational effectiveness through organizational-level learning. Although there is an abundance of workplace learning interventions, few are evaluated from a well-being perspective despite the commonly held assumption that learning yields positive emotional and psychological outcomes. The evidence indicates an important gap in our evaluation of and design of workplace learning interventions and their impact on well-being, beyond those focusing on personal resources. This raises important theoretical and practical challenges concerning the relationship between learning and well-being in the context of professional capability enhancement, leadership capability and organizational learning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-268
Number of pages22
JournalEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Volume27
Issue number2
Early online date8 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2018

Keywords

  • workplace learning
  • training
  • well-being
  • HRM
  • personal resources

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