October 5, 2009

Workplace Practice, Health and Well-Being

Congressional Briefing

Workplace innovations to reduce conflicts between work and family responsibilities can improve the health of employees and their families, and may increase productivity and job satisfaction.  Since 2005, the Work, Family & Health Network has engaged in scientific research on the intersection of workplace environments and the health of employees and their families, and how changes in workplace practices can improve the health of workers and their families.  "Workplace Practice, Health and Well-Being," co-sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin and Representative Earl Blumenauer, featured experts from four of the Network’s research institutions on their research and preliminary results.

Inroductory remarks were delievered by:

  • Katie Corrigan, Co-Director, Workplace Flexibility 2010, Georgetown Law
  • Mary L. Durham, PhD, Vice President, Research, Kaiser Permanente, Director, The Center for Health Research

Speakers included:

  • Lisa Berkman, Director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology, and Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, “Managers’ Practices Related to Work-Family Balance Predict Employee Cardiovascular Risk and Sleep Duration in Extended Care Settings”
  • Susan McHale, Professor of Human Development, Director, Social Science Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, What can we learn about work, family, and health from a daily diary design?
  • Ellen Ernst Kossek, University Distinguished Professor, Associate Director, Center for Work-Family Stress, Safety and Health, School of Labor & Industrial Relations, Michigan State University/Portland State University, The Effect of Family Supportive Supervision on Grocery Workers
  • Erin Kelly, Associate Professor of Sociology, Co-Director of the Flexible Work & Well-Being Center, University of Minnesota, Work-time Control, Work-Family Conflicts, and Employee Health

The Work, Family and Health Network is composed of interdisciplinary research teams working with corporate partners in several industries. Researchers come from eight institutions: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; Portland State University, Portland, OR; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Harvard University, Boston, MA; Penn State University, University Park, PA; RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC; Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente, Portland, OR; and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.