WEPO Research Seminar: Happiness at work and its relations with performance: A critical review of the “happy-productive model” with Professor José M. Peiró

This research seminar is hosted by the division of Work, Employment, People and Organisations (WEPO) at Sheffield University Management School


Professor José M. Peiró, Research Institute of Human Resources Psychology. University of Valencia.


The economic crisis that many regions of the world are experiencing since 2007 is having important effects for work but also for personal and social life of individuals, families and communities. The economic crisis has had important implications for the quality of working life hampering employment, job security, job quality and working conditions. Nevertheless, it also has been considered as a new scenario with new opportunities for work improvement and innovation.

The ‘happy-productive model’ in organizational Psychology has aimed to establish the relationships between wellbeing and productivity as a way of advocating that quality of working life induces workers’ higher performance and pays-off for organizations enhancing their results. However, results are rather inconclusive and the relationships between these two variables, when significant, are moderated. The important changes mentioned in the socioeconomic context, markets, organizations and work as well as the ones related to workers pose new challenges to the analyses of the interaction and mutual determination of performance and wellbeing. It requires for instance broadening both constructs, performance and well-being and analyse deeply interaction between this two constructs. In the presentation I will report on the results of a research program carried on in the research Institute of Personnel Psychology (IDOCAL, University of Valencia) on these matters, taking into consideration the different patterns emerging from the interaction between happiness and performance, when both constructs are considered multidimensional. Significant predictors of those different patterns such as Human Resources Management practices will be presented and the results will be discussed taking into account the challenging issue of making wellbeing at work sustainable.


José M. Peiró is Professor of Work and Organizational (W&O) Psychology at the University of Valencia and Director of the Research Institute of Human Resources Psychology, Organizational Development and Quality of Working life (IDOCAL). He is senior researcher of the Economics Research Institute of Valencia (IVIE). He serves as Past-President of the International Association of Applied Psychology and has served as President of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology.

He is Fellow member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP) and the Spanish Academy of Psychology. Dr. Peiró served as Associate Editor of the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (1995-2001) and serves or has served as member of the editorial team of a number of scientific journals, Journal of Management, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Work and Stress, Human Relations and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. His research focuses mainly on occupational stress and wellbeing at the individual and collective levels. He also carries on research on team and organizational climate and culture of organizations and on work socialization processes as well as youth labor market entry, unemployment, and over qualification. He has published about 200 articles and book chapters and several books and monographs. He is Doctor Honoris Causa by the University Miguel Hernandez (Elche, Spain) the Methodist University of São Paulo, and has been awarded the Aristotle Prize by the European Federation of Psychology Associations (2015), the Advanced International Research and Service Award by the International Council of Psychologists (2013), and the Life time award of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (2013).


  • 12.30 - 13.00 A light lunch will be served in the Courtyard Cafe (soft seating area)

  • 13.00 - 14.00 Seminar with Q&A in Meeting Room 3

Event Details

When: June 6, 2018 at 12:30pm—2:00pm

Where: Conduit Road, Sheffield, S10 1FL

Type: Alumni, Business, Student

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