Dr. Jim Harter

Dr. Jim Harter

Dr. Jim Harter


Jim Harter, Ph.D., is Chief Scientist for Gallup’s workplace management practice. He is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller 12: The Elements of Great Managing, an exploration of the 12 crucial elements for creating and harnessing employee engagement. Dr. 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 new edition of this groundbreaking bestseller.

Dr. 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 82,000 business units and includes 1.8 million employees in 230 organizations, across 49 industries and in 73 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.

Dr. Harter received his doctorate in psychological and cultural studies in quantitative and qualitative methods from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

Worksite Wellness Breakout 1:

“Designing an Exceptional Employee Experience”

The workforce is going through rapid change—work and life are more blended than ever before. The new workforce has new expectations for what work should be. The science of management has advanced significantly, but the practice of management has fallen behind what it takes to build high-development workplaces that improve lives while improving performance. Organizations need to adapt by changing their cultures from “boss” to “coach.” Dr. Harter will review the latest Gallup research on how this culture change can happen in organizations and its implications on engagement, well-being, performance, and employment brand.

Read Jim’s Elevate magazine article!