In recognition of its efforts to create a healthy, high-performing work environment, Certified Angus Beef received the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (PHWA) at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 8. One of four employers from across North America to receive the award this year, the organization won in the small not-for-profit category. The organization is a previous winner of the Ohio Psychological Association’s state-level Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, qualifying it to be nominated for the APA award.
Certified Angus Beef excelled in its efforts to foster employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance and employee recognition. The organization’s wide-ranging wellness efforts, development opportunities and commitment to work-life balance are several examples of the workplace practices that helped earn a 2014 award.
Certified Angus Beef’s psychologically healthy workplace practices have reaped rewards for both the organization and its employees. Since beginning its health and wellness initiatives, the company has enjoyed single-digit renewal increases in health insurance premiums, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars.
At Certified Angus Beef, division retreats, regular brainstorming sessions, biweekly breakfast meetings, team-building training, workshops and community outreach all build positive relationships among team members. Their progressive approach to health issues includes a comprehensive wellness program that pays for gym membership, provides periodic group stretch sessions, facilitates a bimonthly weight-loss management group, optional weigh-ins and blood pressure checks and offers 15- to 30-minute one-on-one coaching sessions. A clinical psychologist is onsite monthly as well, providing stress management sessions and confidential one-on-one appointments on company time at no cost to employees.
Employees are challenged and encouraged for career growth through opportunities for learning and development, including a yearlong, onsite Leadership Development Series that is open to all employees. The family-centered culture allows staff to deal with unexpected life needs, issues or emergencies with the full support of management. The company also sponsors the services of a certified financial planner, an attorney, a chair masseuse, and dry-cleaning and alteration services. All services are available at a substantial discount or free of charge.
“Forward-thinking employers such as Certified Angus Beef are going beyond the typical wellness program to focus on a broader view of well-being,” says David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, head of APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence. “When an employer is truly committed to helping employees thrive, psychologically healthy workplace principles become ingrained in the very norms, values and beliefs that are part of the organization’s culture. In turn, this helps employees perform at their best, on and off the job.”
APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards are designed to showcase the very best from among the award winners recognized by APA’s affiliated state, provincial and territorial psychological associations. Nominees are evaluated on their workplace practices in the areas of employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance and employee recognition. Awards are given to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations as well as government, military and educational institutions.
Organizations interested in learning more about creating a psychologically healthy workplace or applying for an award in their state, province or territory can visit apaexcellence.org. The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program is a public education initiative from APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence. View the list of past Ohio PHWA winners.