Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being
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Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Kathryn M. Page

Almost every person works at some point in their lives. The Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being examines the association of particular work experiences with employee and organizational health and performance.
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Chapter 23: Psychologically healthy workplace practices and employee well-being

David W. Ballard and Matthew J. Grawitch


At its core, a psychologically healthy workplace, as introduced and promoted by the American Psychological Association (APA), recognizes the symbiotic relationship between employee well-being and organizational effectiveness. Rather than an emphasis on maximizing either outcome, the psychologically healthy workplace approach recognizes the need to optimize the levels of well-being and effectiveness within the organization. This chapter explains the key components of the psychologically healthy workplace approach utilized by APA. It then details some of the findings from national surveys of the general US population as they relate to the psychologically healthy workplace perspective and employee well-being. It concludes by offering guidance on the development of a psychologically healthy workplace using lessons learned from recipients of APA’s national Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards.

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