APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Episode: January 2008

Resources for Employers

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Episode 1: "January 2008"

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Duration: 30:02

Episode 1

Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD (top) and Matthew J. Grawitch, PhD (bottom)


What is a psychologically healthy workplace? In this episode, learn about the types of workplace practices that help to create a positive work environment and the benefits to both the employee and the organization. Also in this episode, a discussion of the trend of employers shifting healthcare cost and risk to employees, our featured interview with Dr. Ron Goetzel, a nationally recognized expert in health and productivity management, and real-world examples of what award-winning organizations are doing to involve and engage their workforce.


  • 00:00 – Opening
  • 02:10 – Featured Topic – The Psychologically Healthy Workplace
  • 06:37 – Current Issues – Employers shifting healthcare cost and risk to employees
  • 12:41 – Featured Interview – Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD
  • 25:05 – From the Field – “How does your organization get employees involved and encourage their participation?”
  • 28:39 – Closing


David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, Assistant Executive Director for Corporate Relations and Business Strategy, American Psychological Association (APA) and APA Practice Organization

Featured Interview

Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD, Director, Emory University, Institute for Health and Productivity Studies and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research, Thomson Healthcare

Current Issues Discussant

Matthew J. Grawitch, PhD, Chair, Organizational Studies Program, School for Professional Studies, Saint Louis University

"This is not pie in the sky; this is about the bottom line. Building psychologically healthy workplaces isn't just the right thing to do, it's also the smart thing to do."

The Honorable Alexis M. Herman
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor