Rich Paul

Rich Paul

As senior vice president and customer and product strategy officer, Paul is responsible for organizing, directing and executing ValueOptions’ product development and market growth strategies supporting sales, new market entry and development, client retention and product innovation and enhancements that support enterprise performance. He serves as the company’s key thought leader and strategist around industry trends and developments affecting workplace mental health and wellness issues, evolving customer needs and expectations and innovative product development opportunities.

Paul is past-president and board member of the Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA) and has written dozens of articles on a variety of issues that affect productivity and organizational performance. He also serves as a board member for the Brief Intervention Group (BIG) initiative. He is co-editor of the book titled Workplace Disaster: Preparedness, Response and Management. He is often involved in consulting with Fortune 500 employers around solutions to improve employee health, resiliency and productivity as well as organizational performance. He has been quoted on workplace effectiveness issues in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Forbes and Bloomberg, just to name a few. He is a frequent speaker on productivity and work/life issues at such venues as the National Business Group on Health, the U.S. Senate, the Institute for Health and Productivity Management, the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, the Employee Assistance Society of North America and the World Conference on Disaster Management.

He obtained his master of social work from the University of Illinois in Chicago, with a concentration in occupational social work and organizational development services. He is also a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP).

Recent Articles by Rich Paul

Suicide Prevention: Talk About It at Work

Suicide is a serious public health problem — but is preventable. Suicide has a dramatic impact on the workplace in both human and financial terms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide was the 10th-leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2010. There were 38,364 suicides—an average of 105 each day. In addition […]

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