Yaminette Diaz-Linhart is a Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Sloan School of Management with the Institute for Work and Employment Research and Work and Organization Studies (IWER).
Her research focuses on exploring the role of worker voice in promoting worker well-being, drawing from an integrated approach to voice by looking at both voice behaviors and organizational arrangements. She is especially interested in understanding voice and well-being from the perspective of low-paid workers and workers who often sacrifice their own well-being in service of their work. Considering the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizational research on health, safety and well-being is imperative for sustainable workplaces.
Yaminette’s mixed-methods dissertation research focused on worker voice as a potential marker of well-being for community health workers. Results indicated that workers who had organizational opportunities to voice had significantly better self-reported global well-being and lower odds of burnout. Relatedly, she explored how community health workers experienced professionalization as a form of collective voice, which focused on building collective power and self-determination for their work.
Yaminette has extensive professional experience in policy, practice and research as a public health social worker focused on promoting community well-being across Massachusetts.
She received a PhD from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, and holds an MSW/MPH from Boston University and an AB in Anthropology & Psychology from Mount Holyoke College.