APA’s latest on healthy workplaces and toxic managers

The current issue of Good Company, the e-newsletter of the American Psychological Association’s Psychology Healthy Workplace Program (phew, that’s a mouthful), includes several features of interest to readers of this blog.

Fact Sheet (It’s a keeper)

Folks, this is worth saving and printing out. It’s an updated Fact Sheet on psychologically healthy workplaces, loaded with bullet point summaries and sources on the following topics:

  • Workplace stress
  • Work demands
  • Work-life balance & flexibility
  • Employee health & healthcare costs
  • Mental health issues
  • Employee and organizational outcomes
  • The recession

Toxic Bosses

In a piece linking healthy workplaces with how managers relate to workers, Wally Bock writes:

Bosses make a difference in individual well-being. Early in my career, I worked with a manager named Cliff who defined the phrase, “hard-nosed.” He was also rude and hard-charging. The day was not complete without him stomping around the office in a rage.

Once, during one of his tantrums, a colleague suggested he calm down. “You’ll have a heart attack,” he said.

“I don’t get heart attacks,” Cliff growled. “I give ‘em.”


In his article, Bock expounds upon this short cluster of recommendations toward improving organizational leadership:

  • Improve your Boss Selection
  • Improve your Training and Support for Bosses
  • Train for and Evaluate Specific Stress-Reducing Behaviors


Work, Stress, and Health Conference 2011

In addition, it’s worth flagging the dates for the next Work, Stress, and Health Conference, which the APA co-sponsors with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology:

May 19-22, 2011 — Orlando, Florida — Doubletree Hotel

This is one of the best multidisciplinary conferences around, with presenters drawn from a wide variety of fields in addition to psychology. I have a learned a ton from the programs at this conference and recommend it highly to researchers, practitioners, and students in disciplines related to employment relations.

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