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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

Creating Authentizotic Organizations: Well-functioning Individuals in Vibrant Companies

Given the importance of individual psychological well-being for organizational functioning, an item that should be high on everybody's agenda in the new millennium is creating workplaces that are healthy i.e., that help people feel good about themselves and their endeavor and that contribute to (and reinforce) adaptive functioning. My objective in this short article is to highlight key issues regarding well-functioning individuals, motivational need systems that drive people, and the conditions that make for healthy organizations. To facilitate the search for these kinds of companies, I review Fortune's list of 'best companies to work for' and put forth a number of conditions that make for what I like to call authentizotic organizations-organizations where people find meaning in and are captivated by their work.'