Strengths use in organizations: A positive approach of occupational health

A.B. Bakker, M. van Woerkom

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Abstract

In this article, we review theory and research on strengths use in an organizational context. We identify important antecedents of strengths use, including personal initiative, organizational support for strengths use, autonomy, and opportunities for development. In addition, we position strengths use in Job Demands–Resources theory as one of the possible proactive behaviors that may foster the acquisition of personal and job resources, and indirectly promote work engagement and performance. Since strengths use has important ramifications for employee functioning, strengths use interventions seem an important next step in strengths use research. We outline important questions for future research, and discuss practical implications of our theoretical analysis. We conclude that organizations should encourage employees to use their strengths, because when employees capitalize on their strong points, they can be authentic, feel energized, and flourish. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-46
JournalCanadian Psychology
Volume59
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • ACTION INVENTORY
  • CASE-MANAGEMENT
  • CHARACTER STRENGTHS
  • CLIENT OUTCOMES
  • DEMANDS-RESOURCES MODEL
  • HARMONIOUS PASSION
  • JD-R theory
  • PERSON-JOB FIT
  • SIGNATURE STRENGTHS
  • SOCIAL-WORK
  • VIA-IS
  • job performance
  • positive psychology
  • strengths use
  • work engagement

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