If you want happier and healthier employees, the intersection of Human Resources Management and Leadership is a good place to start. A well-intentioned HR strategy for employee well-being must be matched by engaging leadership. 

HR strategies for well-being are strengthened by leaders who are able to inspire, build, and connect at the individual and group levels. In unison, these strategies can have a positive effect by reducing the negative impact of burnout and workplace stress. 

Coherent HR strategies and engaging leadership create a positive environment where workplace meaning can flourish. This also helps retain employees and deepen engagement. 

Recent research suggests valuing employees through decision-making that is participatory. Additionally, build employee self-efficacy through training, coaching, and information sharing. In doing so, you create opportunities for mutual gains to be viewed as win-win situations. 

The Meaning-Centered Leadership frame-work provides a lens for achieving the HR/Leadership connection for well-being. 


  • Strengthen teams by developing leaders who possess a pro-social orientation
  • Create Normative Expectations for Caring
  • Create Trusting teams and focus on team building


  • Have employees create goals related to an inspirational vision
  • Leverage coaching and training
  • Develop a Coherent Well-Being HR management plan


  • Focus on Ethical Leadership
  • Enhance mentorship
  • Focus on knowledge building and leaders who willingly share knowledge