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Organizational Wellness


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Presentation to the National Wellness Institute Conference. The organizational context of wellness is important.

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Organizational Wellness

  1. 1. Organizational Wellness: Creating a Psychologically Healthy Workplace John Weaver, Psy.D. National Wellness Conference April 21, 2009 Psychology for Business
  2. 2. Objectives • Costs of poor psychological functioning • What is a psychologically healthy workplace? • Creating an organization that is productive and happy
  3. 3. Productivity and Psychological Health Two thirds of both men and women say that work has a significant impact on their stress level, and one in four has called in sick or taken a MENTAL HEALTH DAY as a result of work stress. (APA, 2004)
  4. 4. Workers who must take time off because of stress, anxiety, or a related disorder will be off the job for about 21 days (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  5. 5. Depression results in more days of disability than chronic health conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes (National Committee for Quality Assurance, 2004).
  6. 6. 80% to 90% of all industrial accidents are likely related to personal problems and employees’ inability to handle stress
  7. 7. Companies with higher revenue growth are better at motivating employees and provide more opportunities for growth and development.
  8. 8. Employee engagement levels in these high- performing organizations are more than 20% higher than those of their counterparts (Hewett Associates, 2004).
  9. 9. What is a Psychologically Healthy Workplace?
  10. 10. Engaged Growing & Developing Balanced Healthy & Safe Recognized
  11. 11. How Do Employees Benefit? • Physical Health Lowered Stress • Mental Health Motivation • Job Satisfaction Commitment • Employee Climate Morale
  12. 12. How Does the Organization Benefit? Performance Reduces Absenteeism Productivity Reduces Turnover Cost Savings Lowers Accident/Injury Hiring Selectivity Rates Product/Service Quality Customer Service & Satisfaction
  13. 13. The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now. -Chinese Proverb
  14. 14. Creating an organization that is productive and happy
  15. 15. The Gold standard for fostering productive employees
  16. 16. Transformation of stress and depression into workplace assets
  17. 17. Leadership & Creativity benefits
  18. 18. No “one-size-fits-all” approach
  19. 19. Ordinary not extraordinary efforts
  20. 20. Programs engage employees
  21. 21. Little capital outlay
  22. 22. Significant return on investment
  23. 23. Apply online:
  24. 24. Complete Organizational Practices Questionnaire and Employee Questionnaire
  25. 25. Schedule a site visit
  26. 26. Receive feedback on your organizational strengths and opportunities for growth
  27. 27. Sign up for the free online newsletter, blog and podcast: Good Company published by the American Psychological Association
  28. 28. Connect to the Psychologically Health Workplace Program through: Linkedin Facebook Twitter
  29. 29. John Weaver, Psy.D. Business Psychologist (262) 544-6486 [Office] (414) 491-8719 [Mobile] John Weaver, Psy.D. Psychology for Business 2717 N. Grandview Blvd, #303 Waukesha, WI 53188 Available at the conference bookstore or at