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-being" has 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."
February 10, 2020