According to Gallup’s World Poll, 63% of the global workforce is “checked out” and “sleepwalking through their workday.” The Wall Street Journal notes that more than half of American workers are less content with their jobs than they were 30 years ago in nearly every individual measure—from wages and retirement plans to vacation policies and commutes. At a time when worker satisfaction is in decline, there is a large discrepancy between what we want from work and our actual work experience—this disconnect creates unhappy workers. And not surprisingly, unhappy workers act out their unhappiness at work. Our research will enable us understand what factors drive this unhappiness, as well as which factors contribute to wellbeing and flourishing in the workplace.
Matt Bloom, Ph.D.
Fellow, Kellogg Institute for International Studies
University of Notre Dame
Matt Bloom, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He leads the Wellbeing at Work and Flourishing in Ministry research projects, which focus on the wellbeing of helping and caring professions. He has worked with a variety of not-for-profit organizations, both in the United States and internationally, helping them learn about and integrate wellbeing research into their programs and initiatives. Matt teaches undergraduate, MBA and executive education courses on innovation and design thinking.
Prior to entering academia, Matt worked as a consultant with Arthur Young and Shearson Lehman Brothers. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Matt’s wife Kim is a pastor and a spiritual director. He has two sons: Nicholas is pursuing a PhD in sociology at Duke University and Keaton is an architect in Manhattan, New York. One of Matt’s favorite wellbeing practices is backcountry hiking.