The study, led by UQ's School of Psychology, shows that leaders and managers have an important role to play in fostering a shared workplace identity. Employees who feel part of a group and work towards joint goals report increased positivity, motivation and overall health.
“Leaders who create a strong sense of ‘us’ and a sense of belonging within their teams help staff to feel more positive about their work,” said lead researcher Dr Niklas Steffens.
“Feeling part of a group affects an employee’s sense of self-worth and increases their sense of achievement. Our results show that mental health and performance are mutually dependent and can be improved through effective leadership."
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