Professor stresses importance of employees’ well-being

By: John Redmond

Vice Provost and Professor Michelle Marks of George Mason University accentuated the importance of organizational well-being at a breakfast meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) at the Grand Hyatt Seoul, Friday.

She gave a presentation with the theme of, “Leading to well-being ― a catalyst to boost individual and organizational performance.”

She introduced the meaning of well-being and suggested actions organizations can take to improve their employees’ well-being.

“Well-being is composed of five elements ― purpose, social, financial, community and physical. When those five elements are in harmony, the employee will enjoy better productivity, creativity, curiosity, morale and satisfaction in the job, and eventually it will be linked to improved performance and productivity of the company or organization,” Marks said.

She also introduced actions that leaders of organizations can follow regarding those five elements to improve their employees’ well being.

George Mason University, located in Fairfax, Virginia, the U.S., has established the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and runs programs outside the regular curricula to improve its students’ well-being.

Marks also gave a lecture under the theme of well-being to students at George Mason University Korea in Songdo, Incheon, Tuesday.

George Mason University Korea provides the same curriculum, lectures and degrees as the main campus in the U.S. It was founded in 2014 and has 180 students majoring in economics, business and global affairs.