2016 National Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Ohio Businesses Recgonized for Promoting Employee Well-Being and Performance Receive Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from American Psychological Association
Columbus, Ohio, March 2, 2016 — In recognition of its efforts to create a healthy, high-performing work environment, three Ohio employers will receive the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2016 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Feb 27. The winners are Certified Angus Beef, Grants Plus, and Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library.
The organization are three of the six employers from across North America to receive the award this year, and are previous winners of the Ohio Psychological Association’s state-level Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, qualifying them to be nominated for the APA award. Certified Angus Beef won in the small not-for-profit category; Grants Plus in small for-profit category; and Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library in the government/military/educational institution category.
Each organization excelled in its efforts to foster employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance and employee recognition. Their respective organization’s comprehensive wellness program, flexibility, team-building and education opportunities and peer-to-peer recognition program are several examples of the workplace practices that helped each earn a 2016 award.
As part Certified Angus Beef’s quarterly integrative health goal for employees, the organization offers an optional online stress assessment and lets employees develop an action plan with an on-site wellness coach or psychologist. Ergonomic evaluations, yoga, company-provided Fitbits and blood pressure checks also help keep employees at the top of their game. CAB knows the importance of employee development. In 2014, it invested in 1,800 training hours to develop staff through a series of growth opportunities and offered tuition reimbursement.
Grants Plus’ nontraditional company structure is built on a foundation of flexibility, as the work is often completed by employees in their homes and on their own schedules. All employees, regardless of their working arrangements, even those who work as few as 20 hours per week, receive paid time off. Supervisors award quarterly prizes for employees who exhibit exceptional performance, and at social events with clients, the company publicly acknowledges individual staff members.
The library makes every effort on behalf of employee well-being, offering a full benefits, vacation and sick leave package to those who work 30 or more hours a week. Since it remains open evenings and weekends, the library offers flexibility in scheduling if someone needs time off. The library’s “Well Wishes” peer-to-peer recognition program lets staff members send kudos to a fellow employee. Staff has sent more than 300 Well Wishes since the program launched in February 2014.
“Employees notice when an organization legitimately cares about their well-being and are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs, committed to the organization and motivated to do their best,” says David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, head of APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence. “Organizations like Certified Angus Beef, Grants Plus, and Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library recognize the importance of creating a work environment where employees and the organization can thrive.”
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.
More information about APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award winners is available at http://www.apaexcellence.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 http://www.apaexcellence.org. The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program is a public education initiative from APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence.
ABOUT THE OHIO PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
Located in Columbus, Ohio, the Ohio Psychological Association is a membership organization of approximately 1,600 Ohio psychologists. Its mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and to improve people’s lives in Ohio. For more information, visit www.ohpsych.org.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes more than 122,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.