Jim Harter, Ph.D., is chief scientist for Gallup’s workplace management and wellbeing practices. He is co-author of “Culture Shock,” to be released in 2023, and Wall Street Journal bestseller “Wellbeing at Work,” released in 2021, a book that explores how to build resilient and thriving teams in organizations. He is also co-author of the No. 1 Wall Street Journal and Washington Post bestseller, “Its the Manager,” released in 2019, as well as 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 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. His research is featured in “First, Break All the Rules,” and he contributed the foreword to Gallup’s updated edition of this groundbreaking bestseller.
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 112,000 business units and includes 2.7 million employees in 276 organizations, across 54 industries and in 96 countries. His work has appeared in many 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.
Harter received his doctorate in psychological and cultural studies in quantitative and qualitative methods from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).