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
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.