APA announces 2012 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award winners

APA recognized five organizations that are working to create a healthy culture where employees and the organization can thrive

By Marketing and Business Development staff

March 29, 2012—Psychologically healthy workplaces have lower turnover, less employee stress and higher job satisfaction, according to the American Psychological Association. But how does a business become a psychologically healthy workplace? 

“Employers need to focus on creating a positive work environment, with a dual focus on well-being and performance,” says David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, APA’s assistant executive director for marketing and business development. “Sustainable business results require companies to pay attention to relationships — with their employees, their customers and the community,” he continued.

Some employers have already seized the opportunity to create a healthy culture where employees and the organization can thrive. The American Psychological Association recognized 11 organizations at its seventh annual Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 10.

The employers who received the American Psychological Association’s 2012 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award are: 

  • Noble-Davis Consulting (Ohio) 

  • ReMed Recovery Care Centers (Pennsylvania) 

  • Certified Angus Beef (Ohio) 

  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia 

  • Coconino County (Arizona)

The business world is in the midst of a sea change in the way people work, but change can be hard. Delivering the keynote address at APA’s 2012 awards ceremony, best-selling author Dan Heath highlighted three crucial elements for change: a clear direction, ample motivation and a path cleared for progress. It’s rare to find people excited about change, but an organizational culture that supports change makes everyone more likely to embrace it, says Heath.

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards (PHWA) are designed to recognize organizations for their efforts to foster employee well-being while enhancing organizational performance. The program has both local- and national-level components. APA’s PHWA program spans North America and is designed to showcase the very best from among the winners recognized by APA’s affiliated state, provincial and territorial psychological associations.

Nominees are selected from a pool of previous local winners and evaluated on their workplace practices in the areas of employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance and employee recognition. Additional factors that are considered include employee attitudes and opinions, the role of communication in the organization, and the benefits realized in terms of both employee health and organizational performance. Awards are given to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations as well as government, military and educational institutions.

Read more about APA’s 2012 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award winners.

In addition to the PHWA winners, nine organizations received Best Practices Honors for a single program or policy that contributes to a psychologically healthy work environment and meets the unique needs of the organization and its employees. The honorees are: 

  • Certified Angus Beef (Ohio) 

  • Chimes Delaware, Newark Vocational Facility 

  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia 

  • Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus (Arkansas) 

  • Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Northwest (Oregon) 

  • Koinonia Homes (Ohio) 

  • Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, LSS Financial Counseling Service 

  • Orion Associates (Minnesota) 

  • ReMed Recovery Care Centers (Pennsylvania)

Read more about APA’s 2012 Best Practices honorees.

Download a copy of the complete 2012 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards and Best Practices Honors magazine. (PDF, 2.2MB)

Organizations interested in learning more about creating a psychologically healthy workplace or applying for an award in their state, province or territory can visit the PHWA website.