Our fall symposium, Healthy Workplace Solutions, introduced evidence and new ideas for improving workplace wellbeing and health.
Dr. Lois Tetrick reminded us the burden that stress plays in most of our lives, identifying top worker stressors as low salaries, lack of opportunity for job growth, job insecurity, uncertain job expectations and long hours. She pointed out that organizational level interventions – which can be so effective – are still relatively rare.
Dr. Joel Bennett shared how successful and healthy organizations foster healthy social connections to improve individual and organizational resiliency, using leadership, management, champions, peer-to-peer and individual “touch points.”
Some of us were less familiar with the information shared by Dr. Robert Roeser on improving occupational health and wellbeing through mindfulness training. He brought us up to speed on the extent of peer-reviewed publications and research studies on mindfulness, along with the successes demonstrated in his research with teachers and students using mindfulness to reduce stress and improve work and health outcomes.
Our own Dr. Ryan Olson demonstrated the importance of combining environmental change with employee involvement together with social prompt and consequence, for improved work, safety and health. Read more about the SHIFT Project.
If you missed this event, you can look forward to watching the recorded webinar later this month on our symposium webpage.