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With our inaugural Psychologically Healthy Workplace Conference approximately a month away, we've just finished getting all the sessions and speakers finalized. We know these are tough economic times, so we wanted to make sure the experience is worth the investment and that attendees come away with practical, concrete tips for helping their employees and organizations thrive.

We've assembled a collection of top experts to discuss timely, relevant topics that are designed to help you enhance productivity and well-being in the workplace. Representatives from some of our award-winning companies will also share real-world examples of how they have created healthy, high-performing organizations, including successes, challenges and lessons learned in the process. The full program will be posted to the Web site soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to get this information out as soon as possible. Here is the final agenda:

Psychologically Healthy Workplace Conference 2009

February 28 - March 2    Washington, DC

Schedule of Events    
     
Saturday 2/28/09     
     
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pre-Conference Session: Measurement and Evaluation of Healthy Workplaces 
Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD, Director, Emory University's Institute for Health and Productivity Studies and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research, Thomson Reuters Healthcare
     
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm 
Opening Session  
Optimizing Stakeholder Value in the Psychologically Healthy Workplace 
David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, Assistant Executive Director for Corporate Relations and Business Strategy, American Psychological Association
     
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 
General Session - Expert Panel 
Just Because You Build It Doesn't Mean They'll Come: Engaging Employees for Optimal Results  
Bob Nelson, PhD, President, Nelson Motivation, Inc.
Rebecca Kelly, PhD, RD, CDE, Director of Health and Wellness, University of Alabama
Matthew J. Grawitch, PhD, Chair, Organizational Studies Program, Saint Louis University

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions

A. Keeping Up in a Down Economy: How a Culture of Recognition Can Improve Both Morale and Productivity (repeated on Sunday) 
Bob Nelson, PhD, President, Nelson Motivation, Inc.

B. Health Protection and Promotion: A Motivational Perspective 
Lois E. Tetrick, PhD, Director, Industrial and Organizational Psychology Program, George Mason University

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
Opening Reception   
          

Sunday 3/1/09     
     
8:00 am - 9:00 am 
Plenary Session - Expert Panel 
Emerging Issues in Workplace Health and Wellness 
Arla L. Day, PhD, Canada Research Chair and Professor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Saint Mary's University
Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD, Director, Emory University's Institute for Health and Productivity Studies and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research, Thomson Reuters Healthcare
Lois Tetrick, PhD, Director, Industrial and Organizational Psychology Program, George Mason University
     
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Concurrent Sessions 
   

A. Rethinking Work-Life Balance Programs to Achieve Better Results 
Matthew J. Grawitch, PhD, Chair, Organizational Studies Program, Saint Louis University
Larissa Barber, MS, Doctoral Student, Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program, Saint Louis University

B. Learning from Our Neighbors: Workplace Health and Well-Being in Canada 
Arla L. Day, PhD, Canada Research Chair and Professor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Saint Mary's University

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 
Concurrent Sessions   
Employer Experiences: Lessons from Award-Winning Organizations

A. Versant - Maintaining a Psychologically Healthy Workplace in Today’s Challenging Economy  
Will Ruch, CEO/Managing Partner
Nancy Woltzen, Vice President, VersantWorks

B. Replacements, Ltd. 
Jeanine M. Falcon, Ed.S, SPHR, Vice President, Human Resources
Scott Fleming, President

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm 
Lunch and Keynote 
Positive Psychology in the Workplace
Christopher Peterson, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan
Nansook Park, PhD, NCSP, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm 
Concurrent Sessions 

A. Keeping Up in a Down Economy: How a Culture of Recognition Can Improve Both Morale and Productivity (Repeated from Saturday) 
Bob Nelson, PhD, President, Nelson Motivation, Inc. 

B. Current Issues and Best Practices in Mental and Behavioral Health Benefits - What Employers Need to Know
Ron Finch, EdD, Vice President, Center for Prevention & Health Services, National Business Group on Health
Ron Bachman, President and CEO, Healthcare Visions, Inc. and Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Transformation

4:45 pm - 7:30 pm
APA's 4th Annual Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Ceremony and Reception

Host - David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, Assistant Executive Director for Corporate Relations and Business Strategy, American Psychological Association 

Keynote Speaker - Leslie Crutchfield, Nationally renowned expert on nonprofits and philanthropy; Author of best-selling book on high-impact social change organizations

          
Monday 3/2/09     
     
8:30 am - 9:30 am 
Concurrent Sessions

Employer Experiences: Lessons from Award-Winning Organizations

A. YAI - National Institute for People with Disabilities Network 
Jules Feiman, Director of Human Resources 

B. Nevada Cancer Institute 
Hilary Meade, M.Ed., CHES, Wellness Coordinator

B. Toronto Police Service
Carol Vipari, PhD, C.Psych., Corporate Psychologist

9:30 am - 11:00 am 
General Session  
The Business Case: Why Diversity and Inclusion are Good for Business 
Shirley A. Davis, PhD, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, The Society for Human Resource Management
     
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
General Session / Closing 
Healthy Employees, Profitable Bottom Line: Delivering on the Value of Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness
Rebecca Kelly, PhD, RD, CDE, Director of Health and Wellness, University of Alabama

During these challenging times for employers and employees alike, a healthy, productive workplace is more important than ever. I hope you'll be able to join us.

A lot is made during economic downturns, such as our current recession, about the potential for layoffs, cost cutting, a lack of raises and bonuses, and other seemingly logical decisions. A recent article in the Chicago Tribune emphasized the increased level of stress associated with economic turmoil.

Yet, an economic recession may be the best time to consider ways to make your workplace a better place to work.  For example, a recent story in the Wall Street Journal emphasized the use of employee teams and task forces as a way to identify cost savings without resorting to layoffs. Organizations that use such tactics most likely minimize the negative stress, productivity, and morale outcomes associated with a recession. These types of practices can ultimately lead to new ways of thinking about work that can ultimately make the organization a better place to work. For example, now might be the time to spend additional attention in considering a more flexible workplace, thereby improving the work-life balance of employees. 

So, why is it that so many organizations view economic downturns as the time to re-structure or downsize as a primary tactic? Why was the human capital of the organization not leveraged to help the organization avoid that scenario? These are critical questions, especially since economic recessions can result in a shortage of top talent, according to a recent Watson Wyatt survey.

Unfortunately, it seems as though too many top executives feel as though they are supposed to have all of the answers. However, what they fail to realize is that employees at all levels possess knowledge and a perspective that senior leaders don’t possess. They know what actually goes on at lower levels of an organization on a daily basis. They know where improvements can be made and inefficiencies can be corrected. It’s too bad more senior leaders don’t take the time to ask!

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