Along with their PhDs, Patricia and Katina have extensive experience working with clients and conducting research in the field.
In addition to co-founding Workr Beeing, Patricia has spent her career leading behavioral science teams and consulting with over sixty different client organizations from various industries, implementing Industrial/Organizational Psychology solutions to improve wellness, retention, performance, and engagement within their organizations. Her areas of expertise include workplace wellness, employee engagement, emotional labor, assessment, person-organization fit, behavioral nudges, and competency modeling. She has also served as an adjunct professor, teaching leadership and organizational psychology courses at Penn State University and the University of Southern California.
Our other co-founder, Katina, is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. Her areas of expertise include diversity, work-life balance, leadership, and negative workplace behaviors. Over the years, Katina has published numerous peer–reviewed articles and book chapters. Her work has been cited in many public outlets, including Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Business Week, The Atlantic, Forbes, and The Conversation. She has been awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as from the Society for Human Resource Management. In 2017, Katina received recognition as Top 40 under 40 from the Philadelphia Business Journal. She also has extensive experience consulting with various organizations providing data-driven solutions.
Passionate about making employees and workplaces happier and healthier, we began graduate school excited to learn the science of organizational psychology. Studying the impact of wellness at work, we got a good handle on what it takes to improve workplaces. It was a long, rewarding journey and, in the process, we grew to be great friends. After graduate school, we went off in separate directions to use what we had learned; Patricia diving into consulting and Katina into academe.
However, after several years in both industries, we both felt that something was missing. Workers were still stressed, unhealthy, and unhappy. Employers remained unsure of how to support a healthy work environment while still turning a profit. We believed that part of the issue was that research and consulting weren’t being brought together in a way that was easy to digest. We both experimented in ways to combine research and its application. Patricia started teaching a class and Katina built a consulting practice.
It wasn’t enough. We realized we could create a resource that empowered employees, managers, and top level leaders to take control of their own and others’ well-being at work, using cutting-edge scientific research.
While most of us are workers in some capacity, we are also human beings. It’s not until we pay equal attention to both of these aspects of ourselves that we can be truly happy and fulfilled. Workr Beeing strives to help you create this balance. Our hive is for everyone who wants to decrease stress, increase wellness, feel more whole, and be a great employee.
We hope you’ll join us in taking the “sting” out of work.