What is a psychologically healthy workplace, anyway? I am thinking about this because I am preparing to be part of a panel for the 27th Annual Symposium of Applied Psychology on April 8, 2015 at Fordham University. My topic is psychologically healthy workplaces and my experience managing the awards process a few years ago.
Each state has awards and state-level winners are invited to compete in the national awards. The year that I led the team of psychologists to review applications and do site visits resulted in a national winner. The awards are sponsored by the American Psychological Association (APA) and I represented the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA).
So now five years later, I am again thinking about what is a psychologically healthy workplace, anyway? The APA has five criteria used to assess an organization’s practices. It is a useful approach requiring an organization to document what they do to create the best environment for psychological health. Then a team goes to the organization and meets with employees for a face to face look and listen. Benefits to an organization are found here.
Back to my first question: what really is a psychologically healthy workplace? What do you think? Is it about what happens as much as about what does not? Here’s what I think we should consider in evaluating a psychologically healthy workplace. It would foster:
- strong social networks
- knowledge sharing
- a true commitment to the vision and mission. Of course, this is an ideal but why not strive for the greatest health?
A conference honoring Dr. Richard Wexler “The Role of Love in a Psychologically Healthy Workplace” will be held on May 3, 2015. Maybe that is the answer: psychological health involves love.