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Psychological Association Builds Employee Well-Being Resource

By Katie Bascuas / Jan 29, 2013 (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Employers can access free research, tips, and tools as part of the association’s new push to promote healthier workplaces—and its members’ expertise.

To increase public awareness about the business benefits that psychological expertise can produce in the workplace, the American Psychological Association announced last week the launch of a free online resource center with research, news, and tips to help employers create and promote healthy working environments.

Today, companies that excel go well beyond a focus on benefits and create a positive work environment, where both employees and the organization thrive.

The APA’s new Center for Organizational Excellence will produce fresh content to be delivered via a newsletter, podcasts, and a blog featuring posts on subjects such as workplace violence, how to de-stress your commute, and the benefits of teamwork.

Employers can also access a searchable database of professional, academic, and popular research; case studies; and an events calendar listing upcoming conferences focused on employee well-being through the center’s website.

“Whether an employer is designing a wellness program to address skyrocketing healthcare costs, implementing a new flexible work policy, or trying to strengthen employee engagement, the key to success lies in understanding human behavior,” David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, APA’s assistant executive director for organizational excellence, said in a statement. “Today, companies that excel go well beyond a focus on benefits and create a positive work environment, where both employees and the organization thrive.”

The center is part of APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program, which was created to educate employers about the correlation between employee well-being and job performance—a subject associations know something about.

A side benefit to the new online center is the exposure it provides APA’s members as experts and go-to resources on the subject.

“Psychology has much to offer when it comes to improving the work lives of employees, as well as driving successful business results,” said APA CEO Norman B. Anderson. “The establishment of a Center for Organizational Excellence positions APA as an expert resource for employers on topics including employee health, wellness, and productivity.”

Katie Bascuas

Katie Bascuas is associate editor of Associations Now. More »

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