Research on Friendships and Employee Well-Being from CWB Doctoral Student and CWB Senior Scholar Published in Journal of Vocational Behavior

by Whitney Hopler, Communications Director

Research on Friendships and Employee Well-Being from CWB Doctoral Student and CWB Senior Scholar Published in Journal of Vocational Behavior

Lydia Craig, CWB doctoral student, and Lauren Kuykendall, CWB senior scholar and an associate professor in Mason's Department of Psychology, researched how friendships impact employee well-being. Their study "Examining the role of friendship for employee well-beinghas been published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Key findings from their research are:

• Supportive friendships predict well-being beyond the effects of family support.

• Supportive friendships influence general well-being via self-esteem.

• Supportive work and nonwork friendships influence well-being at work.

• These effects are mediated by self-esteem and organization-based self-esteem.

In their abstract, Craig and Kuykendall note that, "The present studies are the first to consider the effects of both work and nonwork friends on well-being and to test a mechanism for such effects."