Bio

I am an associate professor at the Department of Human Resource Studies, Tilburg University, Netherlands and a professor at the Center of Excellence for Positive Organizational Psychology, at Erasmus University Rotterdam. The well-being and development of workers are central themes in my research. Inspired by positive psychology. I am intrigued by the question what happens if we take individual strengths instead of deficits or weaknesses as the starting point for developmental processes. I am member of the editorial board of Human Resource Development Review, Human Resource Development International and the Dutch journal for Positive Psychology. Currently. I am leading a three-year project on stimulating the professional development of VET teachers by a strengths-based approach, funded by The Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO). I publish my research in journals like Journal of Applied Psychology,  and European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.

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Recent publications

  1. Organisational policies and practices for the inclusion of vulnerable…

    Kersten, A., Woerkom, M. V., Geuskens, G. A., & Blonk, R. W. B. (2023). Organisational policies and practices for the inclusion of vulnerable workers: A scoping review of the employer’s perspective. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation.
  2. Stronger together: A multilevel study of collective strengths use and…

    Meyers, C., van Woerkom, M., & Bauwens, R. (2023). Stronger together: A multilevel study of collective strengths use and team performance. JBR: Journal of Business Research.
  3. Employable until retirement - How inclusive leadership and HR practic…

    Gürbüz, S., van Woerkom, M., Kooij, D., Demerouti, E., van der Klink, J., & Brouwers, E. (2022). Employable until retirement: How inclusive leadership and HR practices can foster sustainable employability through strengths use. Sustainability, 14(19), [12195].
  4. Paying gratitude forward at work - How work-specific gratitude can af…

    Kersten, A., van Woerkom, M., Kooij, D., & Bauwens, R. (2022). Paying gratitude forward at work: How work-specific gratitude can affect burnout through interpersonal helping behavior. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 21(3), 137-148.
  5. Considering strengths use in organizations as a multilevel construct

    van Woerkom, M., Meyers, C., & Bakker, A. (2022). Considering strengths use in organizations as a multilevel construct. Human Resource Management Review, 32(3), [100767].

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