APA announces 2009 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award winners

Five awardees are recognized for implementing comprehensive programs and policies that lead to positive outcomes for both employee and employer

by Corporate Relations, Business Strategy and Public Relations Staff

March 26, 2009 — While the impact of the economy can be felt across all industries, workplaces that continue to invest in employees during tough economic times reap rewards for employer and employees alike. At a ceremony in Washington, DC on March 1, 2009, the American Psychological Association (APA) recognized five organizations for their comprehensive efforts to promote employee health and well-being, while enhancing organizational performance.

Companies presented with the American Psychological Association's 2009 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award were:

  • W R Systems, Ltd. - Engineering Services Division (Virginia) 

  • Replacements, Ltd. (North Carolina) 

  • Teledyne Brown Engineering - Huntsville Headquarters (Alabama) 

  • WorldatWork (Arizona) 

  • Sandia Preparatory School (New Mexico)

Read and watch video clips about the 2009 PHWA winners.

These five organizations reported an average turnover rate of just 11 percent in 2008 - significantly less than the national average of 39 percent as estimated by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Surveys completed by the winning organizations show that only 25 percent of employees reported experiencing chronic work stress compared to 39 percent nationally, and 85 percent of employees reported being satisfied with their jobs, compared to only 61 percent nationally.

Additionally, 87 percent of employees said they would recommend their organizations to others as a good place to work, compared to 44 percent nationally and only 5 percent said they intend to seek employment elsewhere within the next year, compared to 32 percent nationally.

"The five award winners have implemented a comprehensive set of programs and policies designed to optimize outcomes for both employee and employer," says David Ballard, PsyD, MBA, APA's assistant executive director for corporate relations and business strategy.

"Their efforts demonstrate that any type of organization, large or small, has the power and the responsibility to create a psychologically healthy workplace."

In addition to the PHWA winners, 10 organizations received Best Practices Honors for a program or policy that meets the unique needs of the organization and its workforce.