Dr. Motilla is an associate professor, licensed psychologist, certified specialist in clinical psychologist, trainer, facilitator, module maker, and a lifelong learner. He earned his AB Philosophy from the Ateneo de Davao University; and MA in Economics and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University. A very passionate teacher of Positive and Health Psychology, Dr. Motilla assists individuals in nurturing their character strengths, health, and wellbeing. He has been conducting trainings, lectures, and seminar-workshops on these topics to various educational, corporate, governmental and non-governmental organizations, both nationally and internationally.
Previously, Dr. Motilla was elected Vice President of the Psychological Association of the Philippines, the Secretary of the UNESCO-APNIEVE (Asia Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education), and appointed as Chair of the Department of Psychology, Miriam College. Presently, he teaches part time at Miriam College and is a consultant of the Integrated Lifestyle and Wellness (ILAW) Center of Miriam College where he is tasked to create, maintain, and innovate programs and services for the work-life integration of its employees. He is also the President of the Psychological Empowerment to Resources and Aspirations (P.E.R.A.), Inc.
Plenary Talk Title and Abstract:
WELL-BEING IN THE WORKPLACE
Several studies have documented that providing organizational wellness programs and services to employees have positive results, both on the personal and organizational levels. Participation in wellness programs, for example, makes employees feel better physically, which has shown to influence employee affect, general happiness, morale, and job satisfaction. Likewise, providing psychosocial support allows employees to manage their personal and professional issues more effectively; thereby reducing their levels of stress.
On the organizational level, the provision and promotion of wellness programs and services result in the reduction in health care costs, injuries, turnover, and absenteeism. Thus, the cost savings that result from positive health behavior change are typically linked with a reduced number of primary care patient visits and with increased employee productivity, as measured by decrease in work absenteeism owing to illness.
To explain these concepts more concretely, the experience of the Integrated Lifestyle and Wellness (ILAW) Center of Miriam College will be cited as an example on how to nurture well-being in the workplace.