The contributions in Creating Healthy Workplaces include a number of interventions that relate the efforts undertaken by researchers and organizations together, to reduce stress and improve the mental and physical health of employees through positive change initiatives. Those working in the field of occupational stress have received criticism that too much emphasis has been placed on negative issues and that positive initiatives have been largely ignored. With the growing influence of the positive movement, this book explores the implications of using a positive approach as opposed to a stress management one and compares the types of interventions they each require. From a positive perspective, there is a need to understand the characteristics of healthy, thriving, and flourishing people and organizations. This book explores the implications of using a positive approach as opposed to a stress management one. Some of the interventions described in Creating Healthy Workplaces target individuals and their attitudes and behaviours, others target workplace relationships, work units and the wider organization. Outcomes such as reduced occurrences of smoking, obesity, depression, elevated blood pressure, accidents and workplace injuries, presenteeism, absence and staff turnover are reported. The factors associated with the success of these interventions are identified and advice is given as to how interested individuals and organizations might proceed to develop worksite interventions on their own.
’While several books and journal articles have discussed stress-management at work and in organizations, this volume differs in that it builds upon the notion of positive psychology, examining interventions that endeavour not just to reduce stress but also to enhance people’s well-being in their work environment. It includes perspectives from practitioners and stress-management researchers, and will appeal to both groups. The wide range of topics covered and the linkage between research and practice will be an especially valuable feature of this book, which I highly recommend for both researchers and practitioners.’ Michael P. O’Driscoll, Professor of Psychology, University of Waikato, New Zealand ’A comprehensive review of work stress interventions that captures new innovative approaches to create healthy workplaces. Nicely balanced between theoretical developments and support for practitioners wishing to develop, implement and evaluate their practice. A must for academics, researchers and practitioners.’ Philip Dewe, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK 'Creating Healthy Workplaces provides a comprehensive overview of interventions that will be of use to both the researcher and practitioner. While the book is written in the language of the academic, it represents a valuable resource for anyone charged with creating healthy and psychologically safe workplaces, regardless of disciplinary background or job role. … Given it is one of the very few good books I’ve read on intervention for healthy work, I fully recommend it to all and sundry!’ Tim Bentley, director, NZ Work Research Institute and AUT Future of Work Programme