Yu Tse Heng is a PhD candidate in Management at the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business and an incoming Assistant Professor of Commerce at the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce (starting July 2022). Her research program uncovers ways in which we can humanize the workplace by acknowledging, appreciating, and wherever possible, harnessing employees' full humanity. Specifically, her work explores (a) the role of self- and other-compassion in alleviating suffering at work, (b) the grief-work interface, and (c) dimensions of employees' personal lives that are ignored in the workplace.
Yu Tse won the Academy of Management HR Division/SHRM Foundation Dissertation Grant Award (2021) and 2nd place in the Organization Science/INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition (2020) for her dissertation work on how bereaved employees negotiate work after losing a loved one. Her other research has been published in, or is undergoing revision at, the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Yu Tse's popular press writing has been published in Harvard Business Review and Harvard Business Publishing (Education). Her work has also been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Financial Times, and CNBC Make It.
At Foster, Yu Tse teaches leadership and organizational behavior in the undergraduate program. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies at Foster, Yu Tse graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a Bachelor degree in Psychology (First Class Honors). She then worked as the laboratory manager of the NUS I/O Psychology Lab.