Arla Day and her colleagues have been assessing and supporting healthy workplaces in their research and organizational work.
In 2005, Kevin Kelloway and Arla Day published a model of Psychologically Healthy Workplaces, focusing on both physical and psychological health. They emphasized how social interactions at work as well as the physical environment and the actual content of the job could impact one’s health and well-being.
Since that time, they have expanded the model, and have developed several programs that focus on specific aspects of the model (e.g., work-life balance, leadership, team interactions).
One of the primary concerns voiced by organizations over the years has been that they don’t know where to start when it comes to starting healthy workplace initiatives. In response to this concern, Arla developed the BUILD model based on the academic literature, to provide a straight-forward, staged implementation system.
Arla Day and Nikola Hartling (in press) used the Kelloway and Day Healthy Workplace model to create a model of the factors to consider when implementing Work-Life Balance initiatives.