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Full Programming Announced for Work & Well-Being 2013: Chicago


With our Chicago conference just six weeks away, we’re putting the final touches in place for an outstanding learning experience.

Organizations are looking for ways to position themselves for success in the changing world of work and we want to make sure 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 performance and well-being in the workplace. Check out the program descriptions, below.

Work & Well-Being 2013: Chicago
April 25-26

Eventbrite - Work & Well-Being 2013: Chicago

Presented by the American Psychological Association's
Center for Organizational Excellence

The conference is designed especially for human resource professionals, benefits managers, health and wellness professionals, business consultants, occupational health professionals, health plan executives, corporate medical directors, business owners, managers and psychologists who work with organizations.

Pre-Conference Training Session:

Best Practices in Critical Incident Response for the Workplace
Bob VandePol, Crisis Care Network

When tragedy strikes the workplace, behavioral health professionals play an important role in onsite consultation aimed to facilitate individual and organizational resilience and return-to-productivity. Business leaders increasingly value strategic application of Psychological First Aid principles for their employee groups as a means of mitigating both the human and financial costs associated with critical incidents. This session will address practical strategies for applying evidence-based practices to the delivery of services in a way that empowers leaders, work groups and individual employees. Learn more.

Main Conference:

Growth and Impact of Financial Incentives in Worksite Wellness
David R. Anderson, PhD, LP, StayWell Health Management

Encouraged by health care reform, employers are increasingly integrating wellness incentives into their health plans. While they have potential benefits, incentives can have unintended consequences. They may increase participation but reduce success by attracting participants not ready to change, and incentives intended as “carrots” may be viewed as manipulative “sticks.” However, well-designed incentives may be a useful tactic in a culture-based wellness strategy. This session reviews incentive use in worksite wellness and discusses evidence-based strategies for optimizing their impact on health. Based on worksite experience and research, the session encourages tying rewards to achieving progress-based steps in “outcomes-based” incentive programs.

Blending Technology and Customization for Successful Well-Being Outcomes
Briana Boehmer, Salus Corporate Wellness

In both the corporate and athletic world, success comes through hours of individualized attention to detail. This session will explore successful well-being outcomes seen through individualized and highly interactive programming made possible via blending technology with hands-on and on-site services. The program will include results from programs implemented for both small and mid-sized employers and offer suggestions on how to implement similar programs. Special attention will be given to identifying technologies that can facilitate individualized measures and programming, utilizing real time data to better understand the needs of employees and customizing programming that has the potential to reach each employees on an individual basis.

Love of the Job
E. Kevin Kelloway, PhD, Saint Mary’s University

This presentation will introduce new research that defines "love of the job" and identifies the predictors and health-related outcomes of loving one’s job. The session will include a review of organizational attitude research, present a three-component model of love of the job, describe the four main predictors of loving one's job and discuss the consequences for both employees and organizations.

Healthy Employees, Profitable Bottom Lines: Delivering on the Value of Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness
Rebecca Kelly, PhD, RD, CDE, University of Alabama

Organizations are searching for innovative strategies to control rising health care costs while also providing programs to engage their workforce and members. Employers must identify and adopt strategies that include health improvement and wellness programs to address rising health care costs and productivity losses. As an expert in the field of health promotion and wellness with over 20 years of experience as a practitioner and leader of multiple nationally recognized programs, the presenter will outline a practical and innovative approach to engaging employees in wellness programs that improve health and also yield favorable bottom line results.

Commitment: The Core of Safety, Health and Wellness
D.J. Moran, PhD, BCBA-D, Quality Safety Edge

Commitment is defined as “acting in the direction of what you care about even in the presence of obstacles.” This experiential workshop aims to sharpen your understanding of how you should be actingin order to improve safety and wellness in your organization, as well as helping you clarify what you care about in order to accelerate your motivation to work toward important goals. In addition, you will increase your skills of situational awareness and mindfulness to help you deal with the presence of obstacles that often impede leadership and dedication.

Healthy Habits, Healthy Employees: Strategies for Health Behavior Change
Cindy Wang Morris, PsyD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Creating a culture of health begins with the practice of healthy habits. Although many employees have the desire to change their health practices, taking steps towards changing these behaviors can feel daunting. Health behavior change happens through a process of mindfulness, skills building and inspired action. Through this practice, employees can develop healthy habits in the workplace that translate into other areas of their lives. In this session, participants will learn about the process of health behavior change and ways employers can support positive change across multiple levels, including individual, organizational and environmental. Special attention will be given to the impact of obesity and tobacco use on employee health and the use of evidence-based health behavior change strategies.

Current Practices in Talent Management
Amy Owen Nieberding, PhD, S and C Electric Company
Robert Bloom, PhD, Performance Management Associates-Human Resources

The goal of integrated talent management is to build human capital capability that will enable the organization to achieve overall business objectives. Helping the organization achieve its goals must begin with the recognition that the most important challenge faced by virtually all organizations is the need to respond quickly to change in a competitive environment. This session will outline the building blocks of a talent management strategy and infrastructure. Some companies get caught in a cycle of implementing a patchwork of "best practices" without good appreciation or understanding of how to link these efforts to organization impact. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the link between a dynamic organization strategy and shifting human capital priorities.

Work-Life Fit Skills for Employee Success On and Off the Job
Cali Williams Yost, MBA, Work+Life Fit, Inc.

Knowing how to take the lead, reach out, and use work-life resources and flexibility to manage the fit between work and life is a modern skill set we all need, but few of us have. This interactive workshop will cover the trends that have converged over the last two decades that radically transformed work and life and why individuals need to partner with their employer and learn to actively manage their work+life fit. Participants will also explore the tools individuals need to manage their fit, how to deliver those tools and skills to employees, and metrics to measure success.

Employer Experiences: Lessons from Award-Winning Organizations
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center

Any type of organization, large or small, for-profit or not-for-profit, can create a workplace that fosters employee well-being while enhancing organizational performance. This session will use a case example from the Cancer Care Management Department at Christiana Care Health System's Helen F. Graham Cancer Center to demonstrate the application of psychologically healthy workplace principles in a real-world setting. Special attention will be given to the importance of custom tailoring workplace practices to meet the unique needs of an organization and its workforce, employee and organizational outcomes, practical considerations for employers and practitioners and lessons learned.

Register Early and Save

Pre-Conference Training - $150
Main Conference - $399

Eventbrite - Work & Well-Being 2013: Chicago


Pre-Conference Training
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Main Conference
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 1:30 pm - Friday, April 26, 2013, 5:30 pm

Hotel Information and Reservations

The Westin O'Hare
6100 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 698-6000

Group rate of $169 + tax (for single, double, triple or quad occupancy) available until April 3, 2013

Click here to make your hotel reservations

Can't make it to our Chicago event?

Join us in San Francisco in September for our fall conference, with a different line-up of speakers and sessions.

Special thanks to the following organizations for their support:

Health Enhancement Research Organization
Illinois Psychological Association
International Association for Worksite Health Promotion
Midwest Business Group on Health


For questions about the Work & Well-Being 2013 conferences, including sponsorship opportunities, please email us or call (202) 336-5900.

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