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What is Connection Power

The Emotional Self at Work in Higher Education
Power derived by influence on, favor from, or acquaintance with a powerful person.
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The Role of the Supervisor in Creating and Maintaining an Emotionally Healthy Workplace
Amy Tureen (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA)
Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3519-6.ch014
Supervisors, be they employed in higher education or in other industries, operate in capacities that allow them to shape organizational cultures within their departments, divisions, colleges, or broader units. Within the higher educational model, this means that supervisors are uniquely placed to counteract negative elements within the culture of academia, which historically has tended to prioritize individual competitive output, with alternative models that may offer improvements to the emotional health and well-being of higher education employees. This chapter seeks to describe the impact of stress on the health of workers, the employment stressors that are unique to higher education, and the processes by which supervisors in higher education can use their positional power to counteract said stressors and improve academic organizational cultures. The chapter includes practical suggestions for supervisors to enhance wellness and decrease emotional harm in scenarios common to the higher education workplace as identified via social media crowdsourcing.
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