WELLNESS IN THE WORKPLACE RESOURCESHere you will find the best resources, website links, books, and podcasts for all things about wellness in the workplace.
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This report, completed by the American Heart Association’s Center for Workplace Health Research, is a comprehensive look at the impact of poor mental and physical health in the workplace. It also lists case studies of multiple major companies and how they have altered practices to improve health and wellbeing in their workforces. An excellent starting point for any HR department or agency leader who is looking to address these issues.
Sadly, the silence and stigma surrounding mental illness in the workplace threaten the well-being of employees and their families, the productivity of businesses, and the health and success of communities at large.The Working Well toolkit is a collaborative effort of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-NYC Metro (NAMI-NYC), Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH), Partnership for Workplace Mental Health/American Psychiatric Association Foundation, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and The Kennedy Forum to help employers foster a workplace that supports mental health and wellness.
An excellent interview with Laura Putnam, Chair of the American Heart Association’s Greater Bay Area 2020 Task Force. Laura is a speaker, trainer, consultant and activist on well-being and human performance with a dual focus on empowering individual behavioral changes and facilitating broader organizational shifts. She is an expert in motivation, behavior change, human performance improvement and building healthier, happier and more innovative organizations and has worked with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and academic institutions.
American Psychiatric Foundation: Center for Workplace Mental Health
A comprehensive collection of resources vetted by the American Psychiatric Association and the Center for Workplace Mental Health.
WellRight: Mindfulness in the Workplace
A powerful podcast conversation with the CEO’s of WellRight and LevelHead about creating a culture of mindfulness and how these tools improve worker performance and health.
Workplace based mindfulness practice and inflammation: A randomized trial
This study looked at the impact of mindfulness practices on chronic inflammation and stress. Current research suggests that chronic stress in our society is a contributing factor to the behaviors and physiology that have accelerated the increase in chronic disease states. Hence low-cost self-directed stress reduction programs could be of great assistance in managing this epidemic. Mindfulness is characterized by non-judgmental, moment-to-moment awareness of physical sensations, perceptions, affective states, thoughts and imagery. Researchers found that MBI-ld significantly enhanced mindfulness by 2-months and it was maintained for up to a year.
Written by: Laura van Dernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk
A phenomenal book for anyone who works with trauma of any kind or leads an agency where secondary trauma is prevalent. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and is widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, she has worked locally, nationally, and internationally for more than three decades.
Just like the lotus, we too have the ability to rise from the mud,
bloom out of the darkness, and radiate into the world.
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