Healthy Work Podcast

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The Science of Modern Healthy Work

About us

 

We are two Industrial-Organizational psychologists who care about how to make work a healthier experience for everyone. We run a bi-weekly podcast to bring the science directly to your ears. Please tune in and learn how you can make your work life a healthier experience. 

 

-Written & Produced by Keaton Fletcher, Ph.D. and Maryana Arvan, Ph.D.

-Mixed and Edited by Keaton Fletcher, Ph.D.

-Artwork by Keaton Fletcher, Ph.D.

-Music is Zero (MicroSong) by Steve Combs

Maryana Arvan

 

Maryana Arvan, Ph.D., is an Assistant Profesor of Psychological Science in the Department of Organizational Science at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. She examines how stressful experiences at work affect employee attitudes, health and well-being, and performance, with an emphasis on methodological concerns. She received her B.A. in English from The University of Arizona, and her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida.

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Keaton A. Fletcher

 

Keaton Fletcher, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He studies leadership within organizational networks, and the effects of work on employee health. Keaton is an alumnus of Washington and Lee University where he recieved a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Psychology, and of the University of South Florida, where he received his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

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Ep. 2 Sit-Stand Desks

In Episode 2 of Healthy Work, we discuss a paper by Konradt, Heblich, Krys, Garbers, & Otte (2020) that tests the efficacy of sit-stand desks on employee health outcomes across 6 months. Sit-stand desks minimized aches and pains and feelings of fatigue.

Episode List

Ep. 1 Microbreaks 

In Episode 1 of Healthy Work, we discuss a paper published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology by Bennett, Gabriel, and Calderwood (2019) about the benefits of taking microbreaks (brief pauses to rest, relax, and recover) during work.

Ep. 3 Coworker Support & Physiological Stress

In Episode 3 of Healthy Work, we discuss a recent paper by Baethge, Vahle-Hinz, & Rigotti that tests the effects of support from coworkers on a physiological indicator of stress (heart rate variability) throughout the day. People with more coworker support showed less physiologically stress throughout the day.

Ep. 4 Don't Skip Lunch

In Episode 4 of Healthy Work, we discuss a recent paper by Sianoja, Syrek, de Bloom, Korpela, & Kinnunen (2018) that tested how walking in a park or doing relaxation techniques during lunch breaks boost experiences in the afternoon. Taking a walk or relaxing can increase concentration, decrease detachment, strain, and fatigue in the afternoon.

Ep. 5 Your Supervisor Can Help You Sleep

In Episode 5 of Healthy Work, we discuss a recent paper by Crain and colleauges (2019) that experimentally tested an intervention in the workplaced designed to improve employee sleep. Employees with supportive supervisors and schedule control/flexibility got more sleep on average each night even up to a year later, and felt like they had more sufficient sleep. If you want resources from this intervention you can go here.

Ep. 6 Vacation Perfection

In Episode 6 of Healthy Work, we discuss a recent paper by Horan, Flaxman, & Stride (in press) that examined the effects of vacation on exhaustion and negative mood. Unless employees were high in perfectionism and worked during their vacation, employees vacation boosted their mood and made them less exhausted.

Ep. 7 I Need a Drink

In Episode 7 of Healthy Work, we discuss a recent paper by Sayre, Grandey, & Chi (2020) that tested how experiences at work lead to after-work drinking. Employees who tried to actually experience the emotions they have to display at work actually drank less after work. Those who only faked the emotions drank more, but only if they have an emotionally demanding job. 

Ep. 8 Look Who's Talking (About Their Kids)

In Episode 8 of Healthy Work, we discuss a recent paper by Du, Bakker, & Derks (2020) that found that having positive experiences with children, AND talking about them helped people perform better the next day at work and handle work demands better. This phenomenon of positive experiences at home helping you be better at work is called work-to-family enrichment.

Ep. 9 Anything Good for Lunch?

In Episode 9 of Healthy Work, we discuss a recent paper by Smith, Martinez, & Gettle (2020) that explores how the perceived and actual healthiness of the food offered in workplace cafeterias affects employee's satisfaction, intention to quit, and perceived organizational support. Workplaces with healthier offerings have employees who feel more supported, and therefore, more satisfied and less likely to quit.

Ep. 10 Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?

In episode 10, we discuss a paper by Yu and Duffy (2020) about the effects of abusive supervision and how sometimes supervisors can make it seem like they're abusive to help you. Don't be an abusive supervisor, and don't be tricked into thinking it's good for you.

Ep. 11 Mind the Science-Practice Gap?

In this bonus episode, we are joined by one of our favorite podcasts Workr Beeing. If you like what we do, you'll love them! Together we talk about why it's hard for the science of healthy work to make it into practice. We briefly discuss a relevant paper by Aguinis & Cascio.

We definitely recommend you check out Workr Beeing on their websiteLinkedInTwitterInstagram (@WorkrBeeing), or email (contact@workrbeeing.com). You can also listen (and subscribe) to their podcast!