U.S. Surgeon General releases framework for workplace mental health and well-being

Five essentials for workplace mental health and worker well-being

Today, the U.S. Surgeon General has taken a strong step to help support the mental health and well-being of American workers by releasing a comprehensive website that outlines the five essentials that employers can focus on to help create workplaces that are “engines of well-being.” The robust website points to both the Work and Well-Being Initiative employer toolkit as well as the Work, Family & Health Network STAR toolkit from…

Announcing the recipient of the 2022 Dillon Family Fellowship Award

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The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies is pleased to announce that the 2022 Dillon Family Fellowship Award recipient is Hayami Kikuchi Koga, MD, MPH. Hayami is a PhD candidate in population health sciences in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (the School), and a graduate student affiliate at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS). She holds…

In the news: Three inexpensive tweaks companies can make to work conditions to foster improved employee well-being

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Researcher Erin Kelly, PhD, contributes findings from the Work and Well-Being Initiative, a Harvard and MIT collaboration, in this piece in FastCompany. Kelly highlights the practices—served up in the form of an employer toolkit on the Initiative’s website—that are based on three principles that can be applied across a spectrum of employment sectors. These principles and the toolkit itself also received a mention in the post “Protecting Employee Health in…

“A Changed World of Work”: The Boston Globe reports on how business leaders are preparing to meet workers’ emerging priorities


The recently launched Work and Well-Being Initiative website, a joint effort by Harvard and MIT researchers, received a mention in this article in The Boston Globe. The employer toolkit, a publicly available “blueprint” the details steps that employers can take to create a work environment aimed at improving the health and well-being of their workers, was specifically referenced… It identifies specific changes in three categories: taming excessive work demands, allowing…

Work and Well-Being Initiative researchers publish op-ed in Harvard Business Review

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Erin L. Kelly, Lisa F. Berkman, Laura D. Kubzansky, and Meg Lovejoy have published an op-ed in the Harvard Business Review that distills the findings of a research review and the resulting “work design for health” framework and employer toolkit (made available to the public on the workwellbeinginitiative.org website) down to “7 Strategies to Improve Your Employees’ Health and Well-Being.”

“Work Design for Health” framework & toolkit developed by researchers offers employers effective alternative to employee wellness programs

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Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, Research Program Director Meg Lovejoy, PhD, and their colleagues at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, have developed and released a public-facing website that features a toolkit that employers can use to invest in the health and happiness of their workforce. The launch of the site, which features the Work Design for Health approach…