Masters Theses


"Employee mental health effects are informally relevant in all facets of working adults’ lives. Considering the life-altering effects of the 2019 pandemic on work and society, mental health and work share applicability in conversations related to organizational outcomes. Based on the job demands-resource theory, personal demands are high in organizations where workers must adjust to returning to onsite work, in settings occupied by varying personalities, and ever-present political tension. These adjustments can be stressful for people and add new workplace challenges.

Work stress was found to be an antecedent for burnout (Tummers & Bakker, 2021), and leaders play an essential role in eliminating or decreasing job demands that lead to burnout. Efforts to decrease the demands, increase useful resources, and encourage employee engagement, are the responsibility of organizational leaders. While employees can benefit from a focus on well-being through health-oriented leadership, the leaders can too.

This study focused on hypotheses regarding the relationships between employee engagement, well-being, leadership style, and employee participation in mental health therapy via employee assistance program (EAP) usage. Hypothesis 1 stated that an on-site mental health practitioner (MHP) can improve employee well-being and engagement. Hypothesis 2 posited that HoL is a predictor for EAP usage. Hypothesis 3 suggested that including on-site MHP in the EAP and health-oriented leadership (HoL) as a strategy for employee wellness can jointly predict EAP usage and consequent employee engagement"-- Abstract, p. ii


Reynolds Kueny, Clair

Committee Member(s)

Henslee, Amber M.
Krueger, Merilee A.


Psychological Science

Degree Name

M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2024


iii, 40 pages

Note about bibliography

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Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Thesis Number

T 12331

Electronic OCLC #


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Psychology Commons