Practitioner's bookshelf — workplace wellness and health promotion

This issue focuses on occupational health and workplace wellness

By Marketing and Business Development staff

Aug. 30, 2012—In this recurring feature, we bring you new releases, best-of-class reference texts and resources you can recommend to your clients. Titles and descriptions come from both the APA Practice Organization’s Amazon Associates Store and APA Books. This issue, in collaboration with APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program, we focus on occupational health and workplace wellness, with volumes that explore theory, implementation and best practices.

Employers increasingly recognize the link between employee well-being and organizational performance and are implementing workplace initiatives designed to improve the physical and mental health of their employees. Workplace wellness efforts focus on the prevention, assessment and treatment of potential health risks and problems, as well as on encouraging and supporting healthy lifestyle and behavior choices.

This provides numerous opportunities for psychologists to play important roles in helping organizations function effectively and take care of their employees. Whether working within the company or serving as a consultant or other outside professional, psychologists are involved in a variety of ways, including assessing organizational needs, designing, implementing and evaluating workplace programs, directing and/or providing mental health as well as health and wellness services, and providing training and development in areas such as stress management and health behavior change.

This selection of books explores various occupational health and wellness topics. What other books on workplace health promotion have you found helpful and informative? Email us and let us know.

Suggested Readings: Wellness and Health Promotion

  • Preventive Stress Management in Organizations, Second Edition
    By James Campbell Quick, Thomas A. Wright, Joyce A. Adkins, Debra L. Nelson & Jonathan D. Quick

    This book begins by presenting the transactional relationship between individual and organizational stress. Each individual brings a peculiar pattern of responding to inevitable and necessary demands of work, and many experience psychological, behavioral, and medical forms of stress because of factors related to their work.

    Chapters examine individual and organizational sources of stress and their consequences; methods and instruments for diagnosing organizational and individual stress; ways to redesign work and improve professional relationships; and methods for managing demands and stressors. New findings from positive psychology are woven in. Methods designed to proactively enhance health and performance at work while averting the costs and discomfort of distress are explored and illustrated by examples drawn from healthy organizations.

  • Handbook of Occupational Health Psychology
    Edited by James Campbell Quick & Lois E. Tetrick (2010)

    In today’s difficult global economy, work stress is high, and this stress – along with other health factors – can affect work productivity, satisfaction, safety, absenteeism, turnover and even workplace violence. As a result, organizations are increasingly turning to occupational health psychology (OHP) to develop, maintain and promote the health of employees.

    This second edition of the Handbook of Occupational Health Psychology reviews the history of OHP; theories and models; causes of work problems and risks; resulting symptoms and disorders; prevention, intervention and treatment strategies used by practicing professionals; and methods of research and evaluation. With a comprehensive scope and interdisciplinary approach, this book will interest professionals from a range of specialties, including industrial and organizational psychology, human factors, social psychology, health psychology, clinical psychology, public health, preventive medicine and industrial engineering.

  • Occupational Health Psychology
    Edited by Stavroula Leka & Jonathan Houdmont (2010)

    This textbook provides a thorough introduction to occupational health psychology and an accessible overview of the key themes in research and practice. Each chapter relates to an aspect of the core education curriculum delineated by the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology and was written by internationally recognized experts in the field.

    The book examines a host of contemporary workplace health issues, including: work-related stress; the psychosocial work environment; positive psychology and employee well-being; psychosocial risk management; workspace design; organizational research methods; and corporate culture and health.

  • The Science of Occupational Health: Stress, Psychobiology and the New World of Work
    By Ulf Lundberg & Cary L. Cooper (2010)

    The Science of Occupational Health is an evidence-based resource for all members of the health care team working with those affected by work-based stress – whether individuals suffering physical or psychological symptoms, or organizations trying to provide optimum conditions for healthy and productive employees.

    The authors offer a unique psychobiological perspective, discussing the modern workplace as a cause of stimulation and well-being, as well as of distress and illness. They provide a rigorous but highly accessible scientific account of the effects that stress has on mind and body, with key chapters on ‘Responses to Stress,’ ‘Stress-Related Health Problems’ and ‘Stress Hormones at Work.’

  • Stress and Well-Being at Work: Assessments and Interventions for Occupational Mental Health
    Edited by James Campbell Quick, Lawrence R. Murphy & Joseph J. Hurrell, Jr. (1992)

    Written by internationally recognized experts in the field, Stress and Well-Being at Work: Assessments and Interventions for Occupational Mental Health provides a thorough introduction to occupational health psychology and an accessible overview of the key themes in research and practice. Each chapter relates to an aspect of the core education curriculum delineated by the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology.

    The book examines a host of contemporary workplace health issues, including work-related stress; the psychosocial work environment; positive psychology and employee well-being; psychosocial risk management; workspace design; organizational research methods; and corporate culture and health.

  • Health Promotion in the Workplace
    By Michael P. O’Donnell (2001)

    Health Promotion in the Workplace is written from a scholarly perspective that reflects the full knowledge of science in the field yet recognizes the constraints of practical application. This comprehensive text covers the importance of health promotion programs; the process of designing, managing and evaluating programs; the positive effects such programs can have on employees and the workplace; the physical and emotional services these programs can offer; and major issues, such as factors affecting older workers and retirees and the emerging global perspective, impacting the health promotion field.

    This book is ideal as a text for students in undergraduate and graduate level health promotion programs or as a reference for managers and consultants in the health promotion and/or human resource fields.

  • Next-Generation Wellness at Work
    By Stephenie Overman (1999)

    Noting that wellness programs are now a part of a company’s overall health care strategy, Overman outlines how businesses can create a program that will help save on insurance premiums, increase employee productivity, and enhance the employer brand. Using examples from successful companies, she shows managers how to build wellness programs, with discussion of how to get senior-management buy-in; build a team to design the program; and create programs that help with diet and mental health, offer rewards, and provide access to health assessments, medical clinics, or fitness centers. She also discusses using community resources and addressing diversity.

  • Contemporary Occupational Health Psychology: Global Perspectives on Research and Practice, Volume 1 (Contemporary Issues in Occupational Health Psychology)
    Edited by Jonathan Houdmont & Stavroula Leka (2010)

    Published in association with the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP) and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology (SOHP), Contemporary Issues in Occupational Health Psychology is a definitive new series presenting state-of-the-art work by leading academics and practitioners in the field. Topics include workplace health intervention evaluation, economic stress and employee well-being, work-family positive spillover, psychological flexibility, and health at work.

    Contributors to this first volume include Arnold Bakker, Frank Bond, Maureen Dollard, Leslie Hammer, Robert Karasek, Michiel Kompier, Tahira Probst, Wilmar Schaufeli, Arie Shirom, Robert Sinclair, Toon Taris and Töres Theorell.

  • Global Perspectives in Workplace Health Promotion
    By Wolf Kirsten (2011)

    Health care systems worldwide are facing intense cost pressures due to the increase in chronic disease and unhealthy lifestyles, such as obesity, physical inactivity, and work-related stress. Coupled with growing demands for increased productivity in the competitive global marketplace, national and multi-national employers as well as most national governments are increasingly recognizing the fact that a more proactive and systematic approach to promoting employee health is required.

    This book highlights how twenty-one key countries are addressing these challenges by focusing on the following areas regarding workplace health promotion: the prevailing health issues and risk behaviors; existing health care systems; historical and cultural influences on both physical and mental health; key drivers for establishing global workplace health promotion programs; examples of best practices; key outcomes and success indicators; and existing research findings.

  • International Handbook of Work and Health Psychology
    Edited by Cary L. Cooper, James Campbell Quick & Marc J. Schabracq (2010)

    This book helps readers understand how difficulties arise in the workplace and focuses on prevention of problems. It is practical, easy to read, and gives recommendations for positive change.

    The book covers many different topics, both on the individual and organizational level. It ends with encouraging the organization to become healthy, while maximizing profits, productivity, and employee sense of well-being. The third edition incorporates new research findings and has new contributors who focus on intervention and prevention.

  • Planning Wellness: Getting Off to a Good Start
    By Larry S. Chapman (2007)

    Are you starting an employee wellness program? This practical book contains everything you need to get started, including practical, proven documents and tools woven together with sound advice for developing an award-winning worksite wellness program. Learn about the quality of worklife style of wellness program, the traditional approach, and programs that focus on population health management. Full of checklists, tips, suggestions and helpful data, this book is useful for employers of all kinds.

  • Proof Positive: An Analysis of the Cost Effectiveness of Worksite Wellness
    By Larry S. Chapman (2008)

    Need good, solid evidence of the cost-benefit for worksite wellness? This guide contains a detailed analysis of 60 peer-reviewed studies of worksite health promotion programs. Summary tables and detailed critiques of each study are included. This book is a must for all employers considering the cost justification of an employee wellness program.

  • Program Evaluation: A Key to Wellness Program Survival
    By Larry S. Chapman (2008)

    This book has everything you need to plan and organize an evaluation of your worksite wellness program, including: sample evaluation surveys, forms, graphic evaluation samples, evaluation focus group exercises, tabular data examples, and an overall sample evaluation strategy and framework for your wellness program. A detailed discussion of Return-on-Investment methodology is also included. A complete look at one of the more challenging needs faced by employers and health plans, this book is critical to the longevity of worksite wellness programs.

  • Health and Work: Critical Perspectives
    Edited by Norma Daykin & Lesley Doyal (1999)

    This book develops a new approach to thinking about work and health. Drawing on contributions from a range of disciplines, it redefines the traditional boundaries of occupational health and safety. On one hand, the concept of work is broadened beyond formal employment to include different types of informal and unpaid labor. On the other, the notion of health itself is expanded to include not just physical disease and disability but more qualitative and experiential aspects of well-being. The impact of work on psychological health receives particular attention.

  • ACSM’s Worksite Health Handbook – 2nd Edition: A Guide to Building Healthy and Productive Companies
    Edited by Nicolaas P. Pronk (2009)

    Thoroughly updated with the latest research and expanded to better support the business case for worksite programs, ACSM’s (American College of Sports Medicine) Worksite Health Handbook, Second Edition, includes an overview of contextual issues, including a history of the field, the current state of the field, legal perspectives, and the role of health policy on worksite programs. Chapters review the effectiveness of strategies in worksite settings, including economic impact, best practices, and the health-productivity relationship. Authors also review information about assessment, measurement, and evaluation, including health and productivity assessment tools, the economic returns of health improvement programs, and appropriate use of claims-based analysis and planning.

    The book also provides a thorough discussion of program design and implementation, including the application of behavior change theory, new ways of using data to engage participants, use of technology and social networks to improve effectiveness, and key features of best-practice programs. Various strategies for encouraging employee involvement, such as incorporating online communities and e-health, providing incentives, using medical self-care programs, making changes to the built environment, and tying in wellness with health and safety are also discussed.

  • Wellness Leadership: Creating Supportive Environments For Healthier And More Productive Employees
    By Judd Allen (2008)

    Wellness Leadership explains how you can help your work group become a healthy culture. Leadership makes it possible for employees to finally achieve difficult wellness goals such as losing weight, getting fit, quitting smoking, overcoming addictions, avoiding injury, reducing stress, following medical advice and enjoying the good life. Such changes save lives, cut medical costs, enhance productivity, improve morale and add new vitality to your work group.

    This guidebook is for managers, wellness committee members and all those interested in effectively promoting healthier and more productive lifestyles.

  • Preventing Workplace Substance Abuse: Beyond Drug Testing to Wellness
    Edited by Joel B. Bennett & Wayne E. K. Lehman (2002)

    In Preventing Workplace Substance Abuse, editors Joel B. Bennett and Wayne E. K. Lehman shed light on the limitations of drug testing and demonstrate how individual and organizational wellness efforts can more effectively reduce employee alcohol and drug abuse. In an era of widespread drug testing, employee substance abuse continues unabated and related safety, productivity, and medical costs persist.

    Why? Testing alone, say the editors, ignores alcohol use and fails to address underlying causes, including contextual workplace factors like stress, stigma, and coworker drinking. Chapter authors describe science-based interventions linked to other areas of individual or organizational wellness, such as stress management, cardiovascular wellness, and team building, which appeal to a wider or more holistic sense of wellness.

    Those who design, implement, or advise on workplace prevention programs, as well as policy-makers and business owners will benefit from the research described and will find options that fit a range of organizational cultures, policy orientations, and employee motivation levels.

  • Employee Assistance Programs: Wellness/Enhancement Programming
    Edited by Michael A. Richard, William G. Emener & William S., Jr. Hutchison (2009)

    The current spiraling and escalating rate of change within the business and working world, fueled by the events as well as those emanating from Sept. 11, 2001, were the impetus and driving force behind the initiative and development of this new edition. That single event catapulted employee assistance (EA) and the support EA professionals can give to work organizations to prominence in ways not imagined in the past.

    This third edition of Employee Assistance Programs will add to the existing body of knowledge by helping EA practitioners assist employers in managing and supporting their greatest asset: human capital. The current issues and trends discussed demonstrate that the field of employee assistance is dynamic and changing, as are work organizations.

    Employers now include EA practitioners in their crisis management planning and consult with them on a variety of other issues ranging from organizational change, sexual harassment, workplace trauma and violence, substance abuse, and mental health issues.

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