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In recognition of their workplace practices promoting employee well-being and organizational performance, Certified Angus Beef and Noble-Davis Consulting received the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2012 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (PHWA) at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 10. Two of five employers from across North America to receive the award this year, Certified Angus Beef (CAB) won in the not-for-profit category and Noble-Davis won in the small for-profit category. Additionally, Koinonia Homes was presented with a Best Practices Honor for its work to recognize the contributions of its employees. These organizations are all previous winners of the Ohio Psychological Association’s (OPA) state-level Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, qualifying them to be nominated for an APA award.
“Many employees report calling in sick because of workplace stress,” said Robin Graff-Reed, Ph.D., Chair of the OPA Psychologically Healthy Workplace Committee. “We were proud to honor these organizations that demonstrate a psychologically healthy workplace through programs and activities that promote work-life balance and increase wellness and health in their employees. We hope other Ohio workplaces will follow by implementing educational programs and providing environmental support for their employees.
Certified Angus Beef (CAB) and Noble-Davis excelled in their efforts to foster employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance and employee recognition. APA also recognized CAB as a Best Practices honoree for its innovative use of on-site psychological services. The psychologically healthy workplace practices of each of these three Ohio employers have reaped rewards for both the organization and its employees.
Employees at Certified Angus Beef can participate in a comprehensive wellness program that includes a free annual Health Risk Assessment and follow-up consultations. The company has also contracted with a clinical psychologist who serves as the organization’s emotional wellness specialist and Employee Assistance Program provider. CAB’s wellness program saved the company $100,000 in insurance premiums in its first year, and, in 2011, turnover was just one percent. Certification programs, conferences, e-learning, job rotation, shadowing and tuition reimbursement all help employees develop and thrive professionally. Through these programs, CAB has created a healthy and positive work environment.
At Noble-Davis, which was founded and is managed by working mothers who understand that life cannot always be about work, employees volunteer for their client load, and can take on work when they are looking for additional challenges or decline work if they have other commitments. The organization sponsors annual health screenings, offers free onsite yoga classes, and provides healthful snacks on a regular basis. To embrace an entrepreneurial spirit, Noble-Davis sets aside a certain dollar amount for each employee every year to fund outside training, classes and educational opportunities.
Koinonia Homes, awarded a Best Practices Honor, has shown its commitment to employees through their Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week. This practice is an example of employee recognition, one component of a psychologically healthy workplace. Rewarding staff can be a challenge in the not-for-profit world, but with 40 percent of new hires coming from employee referrals, it’s clear that Koinonia’s recognition of its direct support staff’s hard work is well received.
“The business world is in the midst of a sea change,” says David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, head of APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program. “Successful organizations have learned that high performance and sustainable results require attention to the relationships among employee, organization, customer and community. Forward-thinking employers such as Certified Angus Beef, Noble-Davis Consulting, and Koinonia Homes are taking steps to create an organizational culture that promotes both well-being and business success.”
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. The Best Practices Honors is a national recognition that highlights those local Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award winners with a single program or policy that contributes to a psychologically healthy work environment and meets the unique needs of the organization and its employees.
More information about APA’s PHWA winners and Best Practices honorees is available at www.phwa.org/media. Organizations interested in learning more about creating a psychologically healthy workplace or applying for an award in their state, province or territory can visit www.phwa.org.