Marianne van Woerkom appointed as professor of Positive Psychological Perspective on Human Resource Studies

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The Executive Board of Tilburg University appoints Marianne van Woerkom as professor at the chair "A Positive Psychological Perspective on Human Resource Studies" effective September 1, 2023. The chair focuses on how organizations can improve the well-being and development of employees, but indirectly also that of, for example, students or patients. In addition to the role of leadership and human resource management, the research also looks into positive psychology interventions.

Positive psychology interventions are activities or training methods aimed at identifying and enhancing positive individual traits or positive experiences. Not only do these interventions have the potential to enhance the well-being of employees, but also of people who are long-term unemployed, for example, or students about to enter the job market.

Marianne van Woerkom: For people to flourish, it is not enough to focus only on solving their problems and fixing their shortcomings. Instead, to promote development and well-being, you must also build on talents, positive character traits and available resources.

About Marianne van Woerkom 

Marianne van Woerkom is affiliated with the Department of Human Resource Studies at Tilburg University (Tilburg School for Social and Behavioral Sciences) and until recently was a professor of Positive Organizational Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She researches the application of principles from Positive Psychology in organizations and the role these principles can play in promoting development, well-being and inclusion.