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1 in 4 U.S. employees negatively affected by political talk at work . Here's how you can keep election discussions from derailing your business. #election2016
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Freshly updated! Our database includes summaries of more than 7,200 articles and reserch abstracts dating back to 1990. Skim the featured entries or search the entire database.
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In times of emergency, telecommuting can keep business going. But the flexibility to work from home offers more than a back-up plan. Here are resources on best practices, tips and recommendations on how to make work away from the office a part of your organization.
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The June issue of our Good Company newsletter is out. In this issue: Evidence-based decision making, employee benefits trends, resources to manage remote work, CE for psychologists and more. Read and share.
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Don't miss out! This is your last week to register for the APA 2016 Annual Convention at the discounted early bird rate. Ends Thursday, June 30 http://ow.ly/1t9h301Gpsj
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Workplace wellness programs were initially developed to manage rising healthcare costs, but the evidence shows that not all programs are effective, highlighted by employee engagement issues and variability in ROI. Here's what the research says about how to improve wellness programs.
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The message is clear. To create a highly successful work environment, companies need to recognize the interplay between physical and emotional health issues.
When providing a health benefits strategy, employers too often focus solely on physical health. For a happier, more productive team, integrating mental and behavioral health issues is crucial.
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Call for proposals: Work, Stress and Health Conference 2017. Proposals are being accepted until Oct. 31 for the 12th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health, “Work, Stress and Health 2017: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities.”
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Over the past 20 years, employers have increased and decreased benefits strategically in response to the needs of the workplace and employees as well as to economic and technological changes, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's 2016 Employee Benefits Survey report released this month. http://bit.ly/29pdMGQ
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Leaders often make decisions based on gut instincts, even if there is no evidence to suggest the decision will get desired results. Whenever possible, use a decision-making process that relies less on intuitive thinking and more on the right amount of reflective thinking.
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This month's featured continuing education offering from the American Psychological Association: Psychology in the Corporate World: Embracing the Challenge. This CE program focuses on psychologists’ contributions in corporate settings.
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Since 1997, Passport Health Plan management has been working closely with local providers and community advocates to improve the health and quality of life of its staff. Passport has developed a strong, highly performing culture that equally serves management and staff. Read more about this organization that won our 2016 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award in in the Medium Not-For-Profit Category.
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Promoting employee well-being and organizational performance
Introduction
The American Psychological Association’s Center for Organizational Excellence works to enhance the functioning of individuals, groups, organizations and communities through the application of psychology to a broad range of workplace issues.

The Center houses APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program (PHWP), a public education initiative designed to engage the employer community, raise public awareness about the value psychology brings to the workplace and promote programs and policies that enhance employee well-being and organizational performance.
The PHWP includes APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards, support of local programs currently implemented by 56 state, provincial and territorial psychological associations, and a variety of resources for employers and the psychologists who work with them.

Internally, the Center bridges APA’s business units and provides an overarching strategy for promoting the health and well-being of the association’s own workforce, thereby supporting APA’s functioning and effectiveness.