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. 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.
  2. 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].
  3. Associations between resilience, psychological well-being, work-relat…

    Bogaerts, S., van Woerkom, M., Erbas, Y., De Caluwe, E., Garofalo, C., Frowijn, I., Jeandarme, I., Masthoff, E., & Jankovic, M. (2021). Associations between resilience, psychological well-being, work-related stress and Covid-19 fear in forensic healthcare workers using a network analysis. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12, [678895].
  4. A quasi-experimental study into the effects of naps and therapy glass…

    van Woerkom, M. (2021). A quasi-experimental study into the effects of naps and therapy glasses on fatigue and well-being. Journal of Nursing Management, 29(3), 562-571.
  5. Building positive organizations - A typology of Positive Psychology I…

    van Woerkom, M. (2021). Building positive organizations: A typology of Positive Psychology Interventions. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, [769782].

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