APA presents 2013 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards

Nine organizations were recognized for promoting employee well-being and performance.

By APA Center for Organizational Excellence staff

March 28, 2013—With an unsustainable health care costs trajectory and an uncertain economy just emerging from recession, employers are concerned about attracting and retaining a productive and efficient workforce and managing potentially costly health risks in their employee populations. Those organizations that understand the link between employee well-being and organizational performance are taking steps to create a psychologically healthy workplace that benefits both employees and the organization.

In these positive work environments, employees gain increased job satisfaction, improved morale, better physical and mental health and enhanced motivation, while employers benefit from improved quality and productivity, reduced absenteeism and turnover, improved customer satisfaction and lower health care costs.

Each year at the annual State Leadership Conference hosted by APA and the APA Practice Organization, organizations that demonstrate outstanding efforts to promote employee well-being and performance are recognized for their efforts. APA recognized nine organizations at its eighth annual Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards (PHWA) ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 9.

The four employers who received the American Psychological Association’s 2013 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award are:

  • Bowers + Kubota Consulting (Hawai‘i) 

  • Triple-S (Puerto Rico) 

  • Christiana Care Health System’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, Cancer Care Management Department (Delaware) 

  • Tripler Army Medical Center (Hawai‘i)

Nine organizations including the PHWA winners 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:

  • Bowers + Kubota Consulting (Hawai‘i) 

  • Christiana Care Health System’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, Cancer Care Management Department (Delaware) 

  • Cleveland Clinic’s Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research (Ohio) 

  • St. Luke’s (Minnesota) 

  • Tasty Catering (Illinois) 

  • The Harvest Group (Arkansas) 

  • Tripler Army Medical Center (Hawai‘i) 

  • Triple-S (Puerto Rico) 

  • University of Southern California

This year’s award ceremony featured a keynote address from Polly LaBarre, former senior editor of Fast Company magazine and co-author of the best-selling book Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Innovative Minds in Business Win. In her speech, LaBarre highlighted examples from companies that create workplaces “fit for human beings” and emphasized the role of meaningful work in creating a healthy and successful organization.

APA also debuted the latest installment from the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program’s person-on-the-street interview series. Watch the video, as well as highlights from the winning organizations on the PHWA YouTube channel.

Read more about the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards and this year’s winners in the latest issue of the Good Company newsletter.

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program is a public education initiative from APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence.