• 2017 Physician & Advanced Practitioner Well Being Solutions Survey Report

      VITAL WorkLife; Cejka Search (2017)
      The results of our fifth healthcare survey, the 2017 Physician and Advanced Practitioner Well Being Solutions Survey by VITAL WorkLife and Cejka Search are particularly timely, as physician well being has become broadly recognized as one of the top priorities for health system performance.
    • 2022 Trends

      Boston College Center for Work & Family (2022-01)
      As we enter 2022, we will continue to see a redefinition of how work gets done and a growing emphasis on delivering a superior employee experience. HR will continue to have a significant influence on helping to chart, champion, and manage important change efforts, as the war for talent intensifies and employees rethink their relationship to work.
    • African American youth and their fathers: Exploring the relationship between perceived nurturance and psychological well-being

      Doyle, Otima; Pecukonis, Edward Vincent (2008)
      Many researchers suggest that mothers and fathers influence children's outcomes through nurturant personal and social characteristics (Lamb & Tamis-LeMonda, 2004), and that father nurturance is universally associated with positive child outcomes (Rohner, 1986; Rohner & Khaleque, 2005). However, empirical evidence related to father nurturance is sparse (Rohner & Veneziano, 2001), particularly among African Americans. Given recent agreement regarding the salience of cultural variation within fatherhood (Lamb & Tamis-LeMonda, 2004), and the limited empirical literature base, the first objective of this dissertation is to identify factors that are predictive of father nurturance. The second objective is to investigate whether youths' perceptions of father nurturance during childhood and adolescence (birth to 18) predict their current level of psychological well-being. Data were collected from 264, 18-25 year old African American college students. Participants completed a self-administered survey consisting of demographic questions and four scales: The Parental Acceptance/Rejection Questionnaire (Rohner & Khaleque, 2005), the Nurturant Fathering Scale (Finley & Schwartz, 2004), The Personality Assessment Questionnaire (Rohner & Khaleque, 2005), and the Sources of Social Support Scale (Friedman, Koeske, Silvestre, Korr, & Sites, 2006). Overall, those who interacted more frequently and over longer periods of time (from birth to 18) with their identified father have higher perceptions of father nurturance. The high percentage of variance accounted for lends partial support to the notion that father nurturance and father involvement are separate, yet interrelated constructs (Schwartz & Finley, 2005b; Williams & Finley, 1997). Those whose mothers and identified fathers were married or cohabitating have lower levels of psychological well-being, and those who perceived greater levels of mother nurturance have higher levels of psychological well-being. The inverse relationship between youths' parents' marital status and youth psychological well-being may speak to the interplay between youths' mothers and fathers and raises a number of questions regarding the specific nature of the marital and cohabitating relationships. Finally, the lack of significance of father nurturance raises questions about potential cultural variations in the definition of the concept itself and the potential need to incorporate additional roles of the father into this definition.
    • American Express: Embracing a Culture of Mental Health

      Spangler, Nancy (American Psychiatric Association Foundation / Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, 2016-10)
      American Express is providing “the next generation of health care for its employees,” according to global corporate medical director Wayne Burton, MD. This means looking at physical health and emotional health holistically, connecting the pieces across a wide spectrum of services, and garnering visible support from senior leaders and line managers. As a result, Burton and his team are decreasing the incidence of medical and behavioral health claims.
    • Availability of social support resources and survival strategies among African American grandmother caregivers

      Simpson, Gaynell Marie Salina; Cornelius, Llewellyn Joseph, 1959- (2002)
      While the literature has explored the positive relationship between social supports, coping and mental health well-being, there has been minimal exploration of this relationship among African American grandmother caregivers. The purpose of this qualitative field study was to describe available resources (social supports and coping) used by grandmother caregivers and to explore how their use of social supports and coping related to caregiver well being. This study was guided by a Womanist Perspective to explore social supports, coping and caregiver well-being. The aim was not to compare African American grandmother caregivers to the dominant group but to gain an understanding of African American grandmother caregivers from their own cultural framework, which encompassed issues related to racism, sexism and classism. Data were collected through 14 semi-structured interviews gathered from seven participants. The constant comparative method was employed to build working hypotheses that became the 'grounded theory.' Findings revealed that grandmother caregivers experienced significant losses in their informal social support network, which were experienced as a drain or depletion on their informal social support resources. These losses represented social conditions (e.g. drug abuse, incarceration and poverty) which affected the type and degree of support remaining in their informal social support networks. Despite the depletion in resources, grandmother caregivers had at least one person they could rely upon in times of need. Grandmother caregivers' coping strategies were primarily influenced by the availability of supportive resources remaining in their informal and formal social support structures. In the context of their social support structures, grandmother caregivers employed the necessary adaptive strategies to meet their caregiving role expectations. Implications of these findings are significant for direct practice (micro and macro), research and social policy. Direct micro practice suggests that a strengths-based, case-management approach, which includes culturally competent clinical tools and is built upon an interdisciplinary and empowerment approach, is essential to providing services to African American grandmother caregivers. On the macro level, social workers need to politically advocate with regards to the impact of social and economic conditions on African Americans' traditions of relying upon their extended kin.
    • BE WELL: Changing the culture of a college of veterinary medicine using a comprehensive and integrated approach to promote health and well-being

      Moore, Rustin; Buffington, Brenda; Abraham, Susannah; Reid, Katie; Burkhard, Mary Jo; El-Khoury, Caroline; Fark, Amanda; Gonya, Jenn; Hoying, Jacqueline Ann; Jennings, Ryan; et al. (2022-02-24)
      In 2016 The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine began a comprehensive process of strategic planning to assess 6 domains: 1. Institutional culture, 2. Education and student success, 3. Research, 4. Characteristics of high referral veterinary medical center, 5. Community Engagement and, 6. Operational excellence. The outcome of this assessment lead to a collaboration across colleges, university departments and services to create BE WELL programming. BE WELL programming for OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine is a comprehensive and integrated model of health and well-being comprised of Nine Dimensions of Wellness: Emotional, Career, Social, Spiritual, Physical, Financial, Intellectual, Creative, and Environmental. This article reflects the process, metrics, and implementation of the BE WELL program.
    • Behavioral Health: A Key to Work Force Productivity

      Sullivan, Sean, J.D. (2017-01-17)
      This webinar is Part 2 in a series of webinars initiated by Employee Assistance Practice Based Research Network in response to their initial white paper, Bridging Public Health with Workplace Behavioral Health Services: A Framework for Future Research and a Stakeholder Call to Action (Bennett et al., 2015). The title of the series is The Future of Workplace Behavioral Health Research. This particular webinar is Behavioral Health: A Key to Work Force Productivity, with speaker Dr. Sean Sullivan, JD, Co-Founder and President of the Institute for Health and Productivity Management (IHPM). This presentation highlights the business case for more attention to behavioral health problems that take a larger economic toll on employers than the more obvious expenses of chronic medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease. It identifies an opportunity beyond traditional health and wellness to define and measure the emerging concept of “wellbeing” as having the greatest potential impact on health, quality of life and productivity. This webinar series is designed to broaden and deepen the conversation about EAP and Workplace Behavioral Health Services research and collaborations that can mutually benefit all service providers and those they serve.
    • A Book of Readings

      Mermis, William L. (1995)
      In February 1985, the Employee Assistance Program for Arizona State was initiated by this author. I was contacted by the president of the newly formed University of Career Women, and editor of this newsletter. The "Network" was in need of a regular professorial columnist, and the new EAP needed visibility and marketing for outreach and education. What a wonderful "win-win" opportuity for both of us, and the university community. Six years and 18 columns later, the result is the following compilation of articles on a wide range of topics.
    • Breastfeeding & Work in Latin America. Is there a role for EAPs?

      Lardani, Andrea (International Employee Assistance Professional Association, 2019)
      Breastfeeding is beneficial to the health of both women and infants. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) women who breastfeed have longer intervals between births and, as a result, a lower risk of maternal morbidity and mortality, as well as lower rates of breast cancer rates before menopause and potentially lower risks of ovarian cancer, osteoporosis and coronary heart disease. One of the principal barriers to breastfeeding is returning to work. The article provides Latin American evidence about this issue and how EAPs may provide support to women who wish to continue lactation after maternity leave.
    • Business Resilience Arrives: The Wellbeing Market Matures

      Bersin, Josh, 1956- (The Josh Bersin Company, 2022-01-01)
      This report, prepared by Josh Bersin and with MeQuilibrium, provides an overview of data collected at workplaces to summarize how employers have responded to employee stress over the years. In addition to providing definitions of resilience as a strategy as compared to a program, this report provides case studies of companies who are working to build resilience throughout their workforce.
    • The Cannabis Conundrum: Getting Value from your EAP

      Greer, Kathleen (Arizent, 2019-08-16)
      Cannabis has shown to be helpful in well-being and recovery. Millions of people rely on it to help with pain, sleep and other conditions. However, cannabis is an addictive drug, resulting in more than four million diagnoses of cannabis-use disorder. How will workplaces deal with the increase of cannabis use and how can the EAP help?
    • Construction industry series: Fading Away - Construction Leaders Speak Out About Mental Health

      Gruttadaro, Darcy; Beyer, Cal (Matrix Group Publishing, 2020)
      Organizations depend on a healthy workforce to stay competitive in their industry and mental health is no exception. It wasn’t long ago when a person s psychological well-being wasn’t discussed at the office, but now, more than ever, managers in the construction sector are taking on a leadership role when it comes to addressing the overall well-being of their employees. Our well-being depends on where we fall along a mental health continuum that extends from feeling mentally healthy and well on one end to experiencing distress with a diagnosed mental health condition on the other. For most people, their mental health continuously shifts and evolves along that continuum depending on many factors. Behavioral health is the term most often used to describe both mental health and substance use conditions. Mental health impacts how people think, feel, and act so it’s easy to see how it affects work performance, productivity, retention, health, quality, and safety. For employers, the opportunity to improve workplace mental health exists at organizational and individual levels. Mental health conditions are common, impacting one in five, or close to 47 million U.S. adults. About 20 million adults also experience a substance use disorder. And while treatment works, less than half of people who need help actually get it.
    • Construction industry series: Owners STAND Up for Suicide Prevention

      Beyer, Cal (Matrix Group Pubishing, 2020)
      COVID-19 continues to unleash a fury of stress, anxiety, and uncertainty on the global economy. Before COVID-19 struck, society and the construction industry had challenges with mental health, substance use disorders, and suicide. One small silver lining is that the construction industry had a solution to these challenges in the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP; www.preventconstructionsuicide.com). According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the construction workforce is deemed to be at high risk for suicide. Construction is the industry with the highest number of suicides among all occupations. Moreover, construction has the second highest rate of suicide among all occupations following only the mining and oil/gas extraction industry group. The rate in the United States for construction industry workforce is over three times the rate for the general population (45.3 per 100,000 workers vs. 14.2 per 100,000 population).
    • EAP and COVID-19: Impact of COVID Lockdown in Spain & Latin America

      Lardani, Andrea; Sanchez-Escobar, Elena (EAPA, 2021-01)
      The COVID-19 pandemic has demanded that employee assistance professionals deal with abrupt changes in the workplace, differences that may include the experiencing and managing of new emotions. What is the psychological impact of a worldwide lockdown on workers? How are they coping with remote work? What do they need from their employers? Are there differences between Spanish and Latin-American responses? Our organizations collected and analyzed 693 questionnaires to answer these very questions. This article will present key results analysis as well as discuss how EAPs are responding to this unprecedented time. One point is clear: EAPs need to show companies that well-being policies are more important than ever.
    • EAP and COVID-19: Top Priority: Employee Mental Health & Well-being During & Beyond COVID-19

      Center for Workplace Mental Health (2020)
      Employers recognize their workforce as a highly valuable resource. Over the past few years, employers of all sizes and representing diverse industries began to focus on more effectively addressing workplace mental health. No longer was it an afterthought, but a business imperative. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation is experiencing a surge in people showing signs of depression, anxiety, and other serious mental health distress. Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows nearly a tripling of people experiencing signs of depression and anxiety.
    • EAP Outcomes, Critical Incident Effectiveness Measures and EAP Product Extension

      DeLapp, Gregory P.; Sharar, David A., 1961-; Attridge, Mark; Veder, Barb; Antonissen, Dirk (2018-10-12)
      KEYNOTE ADDRESS. During this moderated panel-session we will examine the value of our industry working towards a set of globally standardized workplace evaluation tools, including the Workplace Outcome Suite (WOS), the recently validated version of the WOS for workplace critical incident response - The Critical Incident Outcome Measure (CIOM), and a new organizational level measure of the effectiveness of EAP supports to workplace - the Short Inventory of Stress and Well-being tool from Europe. Additionally, this session will address the rationales for designing and incorporating these tools into your books of business.
    • EAPA and COVID-19: Absenteeism and Presenteeism – Two Things that Should Matter to Every Organisation

      EAPA - South Africa (2021-01-04)
      It is likely that you have heard the terms ‘absenteeism’ and ‘presenteeism’ spoken of as two of the barometers of employee-wellbeing, but do you understand the serious connotations of high levels of absenteeism or presenteeism and how much of an impact these workplace issues can have on an organisation? They go far beyond employees calling in sick too often or taking chunks of time out, while at work, to deal with personal matters.