APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Special Topics

Resources for Employers

Special Topics

Sexual Harassment

To promote psychologically healthy workplaces and help employers prevent and address workplace sexual harassment and its effects on employees, APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence has launched a new resource page.

On the page, you’ll find a collection of resources related to preventing and addressing workplace sexual harassment, including statistics, reports, trainings, book recommendations and links to other high-quality resources for employers, employees and consultants.

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Employee Recognition

In an APA survey, only about half of the U.S. workforce (51 percent) said they felt valued by their employer. More than a third (36 percent) hadn’t received any form of recognition in the last year. And only 47 percent said recognition was provided fairly.

On this page, you’ll find a collection of employee recognition resources, including articles and research abstracts, book recommendations and links to other high-quality resources. Check out the short video about employee recognition, below, and share it with the HR staff and managers in your organization to help get the conversation started.

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Work-Flex

A good fit between work demands and other life responsibilities can improve the quality of both work and home life for employees. This in turn can affect job performance, productivity, absenteeism and turnover. Forward thinking business leaders can take steps to increase work flexibility, so employees can be at their best on and off the job.

On this page, you’ll find a collection of work-flex resources, including articles and research abstracts, book recommendations, useful statistics and links to other high-quality resources. Check out a short video about work-flex, and share it with the HR staff and managers in your organization to help get the conversation started.

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Workplace Bullying

In a major national survey, 35 percent of American adults reported that they have experienced bullying behaviors at work and another 15 percent said they have witnessed others being bullied (Workplace Bullying Institute, 2010). Workplace bullying can have serious repercussions for employees and the organization alike. Severely bullied workers may suffer a variety of health consequences, including depression and anxiety disorders. Bullying can also diminish productivity and morale, and lead to higher absenteeism and turnover. It can even increase employee benefit costs and the risk of legal action.

On this page, you’ll find a collection of workplace bullying resources, including articles and research abstracts, book recommendations, useful statistics and links to other high-quality resources.

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Work Stress

With 65 percent of U.S. employees citing work as a significant source of stress and more than one-third reporting chronic work stress, workplace stress can affect both individual well-being and organizational performance. In addition to affecting employee health, chronic stress can have serious repercussions for employers. In all, the American Institute of Stress estimates that job stress costs U.S. industry more than $300 billion a year in absenteeism, turnover, diminished productivity, and medical, legal and insurance costs.

Check out a short video, where we hit the streets to hear more about people’s experiences at work and how they cope with the stressors they face on the job. Then, scroll down for a collection of work stress resources, including articles and research abstracts, book recommendations, useful statistics and links to other high-quality sources of information.

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Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is more than just a workplace program or policy. Ingrained in an organization’s culture, valuing diversity and promoting inclusion have broad strategic implications for innovation, well-being, performance and success.

Watch a slide presentation about the role of diversity and inclusion in a psychologically healthy workplace, share it with the HR staff and managers in your organization, and explore our collection of resources related to workplace diversity and inclusion, including articles and research abstracts, book recommendations and links to other high-quality information.

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"The most gratifying aspect of this award is the validation by outside experts who visit your workplace and conclude that routine practices are conducive to a psychologically positive environment. There is an enormous satisfaction in being told you are doing a lot of things right!"

Beth Taylerson
Human Resource Director
The Herald, Rock Hill, SC