APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Good Company Podcast

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Good Company Podcast

Host Dr. David Ballard discusses healthy workplace practices, interviews leading experts, explores current issues and brings you real-world examples of how organizations of all types are fostering employee health and well-being, while at the same time enhancing organizational performance. Topics include employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance, employee recognition and effective communication strategies.

Newest Episode:

"October 2009" (23:55)

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Learn what it means for employee benefits in your organization. In our featured interview, Ron Bachman explains the Wellstone-Domenici Parity Act and the steps employers can take to optimize outcomes for employees and the organization, while implementing the changes required by the law. Also, an update on recent developments from the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program.

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Previous Episodes:

"November/December 2008" (26:04)

Executives behaving badly. Learn what you can do to address the destructive behavior of high-level organizational leaders. In this episode, our featured interview with Dr. Steve Axelrod, psychologist, executive coach and expert on how a leader’s psychological dynamics affect organizational performance. Also, a discussion of how problems understanding research and statistics can interfere with the effective use of consumer-directed health plans.

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"September/October 2008" (27:50)

The psychology of money. Learn how money issues are affecting your employees and organization and how “money scripts” shape our financial behavior. In this episode, our featured interview with Dr. Brad Klontz, clinical psychologist, author and expert on the psychology of money. Also, a discussion of how employees respond to being given more autonomy and control at work.

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"July/August 2008" (30:10)

Managing paradox. Explore the challenges of surviving tough economic times, engaging employees (but not too much), building trust while disrupting the organization and creating a signature experience that can help you attract the right employee for the job. In this episode, part two of our featured interview with Tamara J. Erickson, McKinsey Award winning author, consultant and expert on the changing workforce. Also, a discussion of employee engagement, how it differs from job satisfaction and how your organization can benefit.

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"June 2008" (32:15)

Boomers and Xers and Ys! Oh, my! How is your organization managing employees from different generations? In this episode, part one of our featured interview with Tamara J. Erickson, McKinsey Award winning author, consultant and expert on the changing workforce. Also, broadening your perspective on training and development and real-world examples of how high-performing organizations reward and recognize their employees.

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"May 2008" (31:54)

Why should your organization be concerned about work stress? In this episode, learn about the causes and consequences of workplace stress, as well as what you can do about it. Also, part two of our featured interview with employee recognition expert Dr. Bob Nelson and real-world examples of the training and development opportunities award-winning organizations offer their employees.

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"April 2008" (31:56)

Is work-life balance possible? In this episode, learn about the role and evolution of work-life balance initiatives. Also, explore effective ways to reward and recognize employees in part one of our interview with Dr. Bob Nelson, a nationally recognized expert on employee motivation.

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"March 2008" (32:11)

APA announces its 2008 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards. In this special awards episode, hear about the employee well-being and organizational effectiveness outcomes achieved by the award winners. Also, our featured interview with Dr. Rebecca Kelly, director of health and wellness at the University of Alabama, and reactions from award ceremony attendees.

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"February 2008" (26:28)

What role does communication play in creating a psychologically healthy workplace? In this episode, learn how effective two-way communication can support your health and wellness efforts. Also, our featured interview with Dr. Michael O’Donnell, founder and editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Health Promotion and director of health and wellness at the Cleveland Clinic, and real-world examples of what award-winning organizations are doing to help their employees maintain a healthy work-life balance.

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"January 2008" (30:02)

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.

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"As a result of our focus on creating a good working environment, ARUP has enjoyed high morale and productivity, low turnover and absenteeism, enhanced recruitment and retention, and positive customer relations."

Carl R. Kjeldsberg, M.D.
CEO and Chairmain of the Board
ARUP Laboratories, Past Winner, Utah