Chief Scientist of Workplace Management and Well-Being, Gallup
Jim Harter, Ph.D., is Chief Scientist of Workplace Management and Well-Being for Gallup’s workplace management practice. He is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller 12: The Elements of Great Managing, an exploration of the 12 crucial elements for creating and harnessing employee engagement. Harter’s latest book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, is based on a global study of what differentiates people who are thriving from those who are not.
Harter is the primary researcher and author of the first large-scale, multi-organization study to investigate the relationships between work-unit employee engagement and business results. Updated periodically, this study currently covers 49,000 business units in 49 industries and 34 countries. His work has been published in many business publications, including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and TIME Magazine, and in academic articles and book chapters.
Since joining Gallup in 1985, Harter has authored or coauthored more than 1,000 research studies for organizations on employee engagement and talent and on topics in applied psychology and well-being. His specialties include psychological measurement and estimating the economic impact of management initiatives.
Harter received his doctorate in psychological and cultural studies in quantitative and qualitative methods from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife, RaLinda, and their two sons.
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