Creating Psychologically Healthy Workplaces
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Creating Psychologically Healthy Workplaces

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen

Workplaces can often be sources of stress, interfering with both job satisfaction and performance. This book explores ways to combat the factors contributing to an unhealthy workplace by building on the advances in positive psychology and organizational scholarship over the last 15 years.
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Chapter 3: Setting the agenda for evidence-based and sustainable psychologically healthy workplaces

Arla Day


The construct of PHW has grown in popularity in the business world. Although this focus reflects positively on current organizational thinking, it is important that research not only keeps up with these trends, but also provides evidence-based approaches to help guide future research and practice. In exploring some of the current criticisms surrounding PHW, the definition and operationalization of the PHW construct are examined, and a framework to help understand and implement components of a PHW is identified. The existing PHW literature is integrated with organizational culture and values research to create a PHW Culture Model to help both researchers and practitioners highlight the underlying values and assumptions of PHWs, while articulating the artifacts and initiatives that may reflect an effective PHW culture.

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