Plenary Keynote Speaker - Jari Hakanen

Prof., Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland

Jari Hakanen is Research Professor at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. He is also Docent in social psychology at the University of Helsinki, where he obtained his PhD. He is particularly interested in phenomena related to positive work psychology and employee wellbeing, such as work engagement, burnout, job boredom, work-family enrichment, job crafting, and servant leadership.

He has received several international and national awards, for example the best paper award in 2011-2012 in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and the Finnish Work-life Researcher of the Year award in 2012 and the Spokesperson for good work-life in Finland (2009). He has also been involved in developing and implementing several research based positive interventions in organizations to enhance work engagement and flourishing workplaces. Currently, he is involved in developing an e-learning training program for job crafting in organizations.

The title of his keynote will be "Boosting Work Engagement by Job Crafting, Job Resources and Servant Leadership – Research and Practice"

After nearly two decades of research on work engagement, I would consider it as best possible state of employee well-being. In my talk I will briefly discuss different types of employee wellbeing, e.g. job boredom, burnout and workaholism and how they relate to work engagement. I will give a research-based overview of the individual and organizational outcomes of work engagement and its important antecedents: job resources, job crafting and servant leadership. Finally, I will describe Finnish top-down and bottom-up resource-focused workplace interventions.