Creating A Psychologically Healthy Workplace


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Psychologically healthy workplaces are good for employees and good for the bottom line. Employees who are engaged, growing, balance, healthy and recognized for their good work establish a climate of excellence in the workplace.

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Creating A Psychologically Healthy Workplace

  1. 1. Creating a Psychologically Healthy Workplace <ul><li>John Weaver, Psy.D. </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology for Business </li></ul><ul><li>(262) 544-6486 [email_address] </li></ul>
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Costs of poor psychological functioning </li></ul><ul><li>What is a psychologically healthy workplace ? </li></ul><ul><li>Creating an organization that is productive and happy </li></ul>
  3. 3. Productivity and Psychological Health <ul><ul><li>Two-thirds of both men and women say work has a significant impact on their stress level, and one in four has called in sick or taken a &quot;mental health day&quot; as a result of work stress. (APA, 2004). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workers who must take time off work because of stress, anxiety, or a related disorder will be off the job for about 21 days (US Bureau of Labor Statistics). </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Productivity and Psychological Health <ul><li>Depression results in more days of disability than chronic health conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes (National Committee for Quality Assurance, 2004). </li></ul>
  5. 5. Productivity and Psychological Health <ul><li>80% to 90% of all industrial accidents are likely related to personal problems and employees’ inability to handle stress </li></ul>
  6. 6. Productivity and Psychological Health <ul><li>Companies with higher revenue growth are better at motivating employees and provide more opportunities for growth and development . Employee engagement levels in these high- performing organizations are more than 20% higher than those of their counterparts (Hewett Associates, 2004). </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is a Psychologically Healthy Workplace?
  8. 9. What is a Psychologically Healthy Workplace? <ul><li>Employee Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Employee Growth & Development </li></ul><ul><li>Work-Life Balance </li></ul><ul><li>Health & Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Employee Recognition </li></ul>
  9. 10. How Do Employees Benefit? <ul><li>Physical Health </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Health </li></ul><ul><li>Job Satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>Employee Morale </li></ul><ul><li>Lowered Stress </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Climate </li></ul>
  10. 11. How Does the Organization Benefit? <ul><li>Performance </li></ul><ul><li>Productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Cost Savings </li></ul><ul><li>Hiring Selectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Product/Service Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Customer Service & Satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces Absenteeism </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces Turnover </li></ul><ul><li>Lowers Accident/Injury Rates </li></ul>
  11. 13. The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now. - Chinese Proverb
  12. 14. Creating an organization that is productive and happy <ul><li>The gold standard for fostering productive employees </li></ul><ul><li>Transformation of stress and depression into workplace assets </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership & creativity benefits </li></ul>
  13. 15. Creating an organization that is productive and happy <ul><li>No “one-size-fits-all” approach </li></ul><ul><li>Ordinary not extraordinary efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Programs engage employees </li></ul><ul><li>Little capital outlay </li></ul><ul><li>Significant return on investment </li></ul>
  14. 16. Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards <ul><li>State awards </li></ul><ul><li>Best Practice awards </li></ul><ul><li>National awards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To apply: </li></ul></ul>
  15. 17. Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards <ul><li>Apply online: (applications for 2008 open June 1 through January 31) </li></ul><ul><li>Complete Organizational Practices Questionnaire and Employee Questionnaire (both part of the online application process) </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule a site visit (February 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Receive feedback on your organizational strengths and opportunities for growth </li></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>Sign up for the free online newsletter: </li></ul><ul><li>Good Company </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>published by the American Psychological Association </li></ul>
  17. 19. John Weaver, Psy.D. Business Psychologist Telephone: (262) 544-6486 [Office] (414) 491-8719 [Mobile] E-mail: [email_address] Postal mail: John Weaver, Psy.D. Psychology for Business 2717 N. Grandview Blvd, #303 Waukesha, WI 53188