Jim Harter

Chief Scientist for Gallup's workplace management, Author

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Jim Harter, Ph.D., is Chief Scientist of Workplace Management and Wellbeing for Gallup’s workplace management practice, and is the coauthor with Chairman and CEO, Jim Clifton of the book It’s The Manager. He is a coauthor of the New York Timesbestseller 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.

Since joining Gallup in 1985, Dr. Harter has authored or coauthored more than 1,000 research studies for organizations on employee engagement and talent and on topics in applied psychology and wellbeing. His specialties include psychological measurement and estimating the economic impact of management initiatives.


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