The "psychologically healthy" workplace has received much public attention in recent years. But how exactly can a psychologically healthy workplace be created and maintained? What steps can organizations take, without sacrificing the bottom line, to build a culture that optimizes long-term value for employees, management, and shareholders alike?

In this book, top scholars focus on the complex interplay between employee and organizational outcomes across five key intervention areas, including:

  • Employee involvement — fostering creativity and autonomy of employees, and encouraging involvement in organizational decision-making);
  • Work-life balance — providing employees increased flexibility in when, where and how often they work, as well as assistance in navigating life challenges outside of work);
  • Employee growth and development — career development and programs to increase competencies;
  • Employee recognition — monetary and non-monetary awards in response to significant achievements; and
  • Health and safety — promoting healthy behaviors alongside prevention, assessment, and treatment of potential health problems.

This work was inspired by the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program, a public education initiative from APA designed to educate the employer community about the link between employee well-being and organizational performance. With comprehensive examinations of the research literature alongside nuts-and-bolts demonstrations of employee programs and initiatives, this book offers consultants and business leaders alike a blueprint for success.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Building a Psychologically Healthy Workplace
Matthew J. Grawitch and David W. Ballard

  1. Employee Involvement: Research Foundations
    George S. Benson and Edward E. Lawler III
  2. Employee Involvement: Practitioner Perspectives
    Steve Gravenkemper
  3. Employee Growth and Development: Cultivating Human Capital
    Eduardo Salas and Sallie J. Weaver
  4. Employee Growth and Development: Perspectives From the Field
    Ron Drew Stone
  5. Work–Life Balance: Contemporary Perspectives
    Larissa K. Barber, Matthew J. Grawitch, and Patrick W. Maloney
  6. Work–Life Balance: Perspectives From the Field
    Cali Williams Yost, Donna Miller, and Joanne Spigner
  7. You Get What You Reward: A Research-Based Approach to Employee Recognition
    Bob Nelson
  8. Employee Recognition: Perspectives From the Field
    Roy Saunderson
  9. Health and Safety: Prevention and Promotion
    Lois E. Tetrick and José M. Peiró
  10. Health and Safety: Perspectives From the Field
    Rebecca K. Kelly and Melondie Carter

Concluding Remarks — Into the Future
David W. Ballard and Matthew J. Grawitch


About the Editors

Editor Bios

Matthew J. Grawitch, PhD, is a professor in Saint Louis University's School for Professional Studies where he has held numerous positions, including chair of the Organizational Studies Program, director of the Leadership and Organizational Development master's program, associate dean of academic development, and interim dean.

Dr. Grawitch currently serves as the associate dean of graduate and professional education and guides the direction of graduate education within the school, focusing specifically on the MA program in leadership and organizational development and the MS program in applied analytics while teaching courses in the areas of leadership, the healthy workplace, and evidence-based decision making. He also works with the Center for Workforce and Organizational Development at Saint Louis University to oversee assessment and consultation services for client organizations and leads research and analytic efforts at the school.

Dr. Grawitch conducts most of his research in the areas of stress and the healthy workplace and currently serves as the primary research consultant to APA for its Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program. He is dedicated to bridging the gap between scientists and practitioners as it relates to developing, implementing, and evaluating programs related to workplace health and stress.

Dr. Grawitch received his doctorate degree in organizational psychology from Saint Louis University.

David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, is assistant executive director for organizational excellence at APA. He provides leadership, direction, evaluation, and management for all activities related to APA's Center for Organizational Excellence, which works to benefit society and improve people's lives through the application of psychology to 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.

Dr. Ballard has provided research, consultation, and training services to government agencies, corporations, medical schools, and universities in the areas of workplace health and productivity, public health, prevention, and health care finance and has experience in management, marketing, and consumer research.

He is currently on the board of directors of The Health Project/C. Everett Koop National Health Awards. He previously served on the board of directors for the Health Enhancement Research Organization and the External Advisory Board for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, as well as on workplace advisory bodies for the National Business Group on Health and Partnership for Prevention.

Dr. Ballard received his doctorate in clinical psychology and his MBA in health and medical services administration from Widener University, where he completed concentrations in organizational and forensic psychology.

Reviews & Awards

This book has it all for any professional seeking evidence-based practices applicable to health promotion and intervention in the workplace.
New England Psychologist

An exceptional volume of original and seminal scholarship.
Midwest Book Review