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 Politics, Well-being and Work Performance

A recent survey from the American Psychological Association (APA) says that many Americans are feeling stressed and cynical from political talk in the workplace. This stress has increased since the presidential election. APA says that, "26 percent of full-time and part-time employed adults said they felt tense or stressed out as a result of political discussions at work since the election, an increase from 17 percent in September 2016." That stress and tension can make the workplace uncomfortable, or even hostile. 


Dr. David Ballard, director of APA's Center for Organizational Excellence, suggests that heated political discussions can and do happen in the workplace. Psychologically healthy workplaces, "need to create a work climate where people with diverse opinions and backgrounds can work together toward common goals without their differences creating a toxic environment."

You can read the full report here.  


I Love My Job Campaign

To celebrate the application of science in the workplace, the Psychology in the Workplace Network for the Kentucky Psychological Foundation wanted to share your stories about the place that you love to work. During the month of February, we accepted submissions from the community about why people love their job so much. Winners were selected and given prizes for exemplifying different aspects of a psychologically healthy workplace. Here are some of our winners!
Leah at Highlands Hardware
Steve from Breakworks
You can find the rest of our winners on our facebook page or our twitter page

What are the organizational benefits of a psychologically healthy workplace?

The American Psychological Association's Work and Well-being survey shows that organizations that have won the national Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards outperform the national averages in important organizational outcomes, such as lower turnover, higher employee job satisfaction, and more participation in employee well-being programs. This all leads to higher organizational productivity and employee health and wellness.
You can find more information about the benefits of a psychologically healthy workplace from the American Psychological Association's Center for Organizational Excellence at apaexcellence.org.