Researchers at the “Work, Stress
and Health 2015” conference
explored ways to improve and
sustain employees’ well-being.
By Rebecca A. Clay
People generally think about sustainability in terms of environmental issues, says psychologist Steven L. Sauter, PhD, a consultant to the National Institute
for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). But for
organizations, sustainability can also mean not squandering
their human resources.
“We lack a real understanding of the bottom line costs to
organizations and society of stressful working conditions,” says
Sauter, who co-chaired the first 10 “Work, Stress and Health”
conferences and served on the planning committee of the
2015 event. “The goal of this year’s conference was to increase
awareness of how important worker health and safety, especially
preventing job stress, are to sustainability.”
“Sustainable Work, Sustainable Health, Sustainable
Organizations” was the theme of the 11th International
Conference on Occupational Stress and Health. Convened
by APA, NIOSH and the Society for Occupational Health
Psychology, the conference brought together more than 550
researchers, practitioners and others from 26 countries in
Atlanta May 6–9.