Dr. Gavin R. Slemp: The Relationship Between Work Motivation and Wellbeing | Doing Well #1

In this episode of Doing Well: The Wellbeing Science Insights Podcast, host Lu Ngo is joined by Dr. Gavin R. Slemp who brings us expert knowledge about the relationship between work motivation and well-being.

If you’ve been experiencing loss of motivation at work lately, this podcast is for you. This episode will look into the science of work motivation and how it actually affects your wellbeing at work.

Meet Dr. Gavin R. Slemp

Dr. Gavin R. Slemp is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Wellbeing Science at the University of Melbourne, having earned his doctorate at Monash University. 

His research interests include the predictors of autonomous motivation and employee well-being, including job crafting, leadership, personality, and employee health interventions, such as mindfulness and coaching. Gavin’s research has attracted widespread media attention, with invited appearances on ABC Radio and ABC Radio National, as well as coverage in popular media outlets such as Scientific American, New York Magazine, Futurity, My Science, and the Australian Teacher Magazine. 

Gavin is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology and is a former editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing. He also sits on the editorial board of seven journals, including the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Stress and Health, and Motivation and Emotion. His publications have appeared in top-tiered multi-disciplinary applied psychology journals such as Educational Psychology Review, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 

In addition to his research activity, Gavin leads subjects in the Centre for Wellbeing Science that has been voted as amongst the best at the University of Melbourne. From 2018 to 2021, Gavin served as Program Director of Undergraduate Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and is a subject co-leader in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne, Gavin worked in management consulting in the areas of leadership development and executive training.

About the episode

The episode started with definitions and misconceptions of wellbeing, and continued into a discussion of what work motivation is, the differenced between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and its sustainability. The meat of the discussion was when Gavin related work motivation to wellbeing, and defined the concept of occupational wellbeing. Gavin also has some insightful suggestions on steps to take to improve work wellbeing. He also has some practical tips on how to adopt the practice of job crafting to improve motivation at work.

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