APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Psychology in the Workplace

Resources for Employers

Psychology in the Workplace

Whether an employer is concerned with implementing an effective wellness program to help manage skyrocketing health care costs, hiring and developing the best talent to be competitive in a global marketplace, or being a good corporate citizen with sustainable business practices, the one common thread is human behavior – psychology’s area of expertise.

From industrial-organizational psychologists helping with hiring decisions, training, job design and change management, to consulting psychologists assisting with team dynamics and executive development, psychologists are at work every day in a variety of roles designed to enhance employee well-being and promote organizational performance. Occupational health psychologists are busy studying job stress and work-life conflict and if you go to access mental health services through your company’s employee assistance program or behavioral health benefits, clinical and counseling psychologists are there with the help you need.

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, a public education initiative designed to raise awareness of the value psychology brings to the workplace and promote programs and policies that enhance employee well-being and organizational performance.

Each year, APA also presents its Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards to employers that have demonstrated their commitment to creating a positive work environment where employees and the organization can thrive.

Click here to learn more about the resources we have available for employers and the psychologists who work with them, or read case examples from our award-winning companies.

When it comes to business, a little psychology goes a long way.

"When you have a high level of employee involvement in regards to the decision-making and problem-solving; and, when employees know that they are not alone to deal with their personal issues; and, when they see opportunities to become healthier with their employer's help; then, that business will be able to count on its greatest resource, its employees."

Glenn McFadden
Executive Vice President of Operations
The Comporium Group