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TO BUSINESS, HEALTH, AND NATIONAL EDITORS:

Four Organizations Receive APA's Psychologically Healthy Workplace

Award

WASHINGTON, March, 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American

Psychological Association will recognize seven employers for their

efforts to promote employee well-being and organizational performance

at its ninth annual Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards in

Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 8.

The four employers who will receive APA's Psychologically Healthy

Workplace Award (PHWA) are Tasty Catering (Illinois), Certified Angus

Beef (Ohio), St. Luke's (Minnesota) and the University of Southern

California.

These organizations reported an average turnover rate of just 7

percent in 2013 - significantly less than the national average of 38

percent, as estimated by the U.S. Department of Labor. Additionally,

only 15 percent of their employees say they intend to seek employment

elsewhere within the next year, compared to almost double that number

(27 percent) nationally.

More than six out of ten employees of the winning companies say their

employer promotes and supports a healthy lifestyle (66 percent) and

values work-life balance (67 percent) and employee recognition (61

percent). Emotional well-being also plays a central role in these

organizations, with around seven in ten employees reporting that the

organization provides adequate resources to address their mental

health needs (71 percent) and help them manage stress (69 percent),

compared to just 45 percent and 36 percent, respectively, in the

general working population. In the award-winning organizations, almost

three-quarters (74 percent) say they would recommend their

organization to others as a good place to work compared to just 57

percent in the U.S. workforce.

"Creating a healthy, high-performing organization requires more than

simply offering wellness activities or desirable benefits. Done well,

psychologically healthy workplace principles become ingrained in the

very norms, values and beliefs that are part of an organization's

culture," says David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, head of APA's Center for

Organizational Excellence. "Our 2014 award winners not only support

employee well-being, they also link their workplace practices to

strategic goals in a way that supports the organization's mission and

drives performance."

Tasty Catering will be recognized for its comprehensive programs

including its culture-based leadership model, financial transparency

and in-house training opportunities that include courses in business,

English, sales, food science and professional development. For Tasty

Catering, the benefits of such a culture go well beyond job

satisfaction. In addition to high staff morale, the company has seen

an increase in both sales and profits.

Certified Angus Beef stands out through its robust employee programs,

incentives and development opportunities. This has resulted in

employee referrals, high-quality applicants, a reduction in sick time

and low turnover rates. The company's wide-ranging wellness efforts

include bringing a clinical psychologist onsite monthly for stress

management sessions and confidential one-on-one appointments at no

cost to employees.

Minnesota-based hospital St. Luke's scores off the charts in employee

retention, job satisfaction, health and morale. Employees have an

active say in the policies that affect them and their patients through

participation in staff-run committees, self-managed work groups, and

problem-solving and continuous-improvement teams. These efforts have

led to a decline in the number of workplace injuries and worker's

compensation claims over time, despite an increase in the total number

of employees.

The University of Southern California's comprehensive employee

wellness program has reaped workplace benefits that include positive

impacts on productivity, absenteeism, morale, recruitment success and

turnover. Additionally, USC's Center for Work and Family Life serves

as a hub for integrated services designed to help faculty, staff and

their families find and preserve a healthy work-life balance.

In addition to the PHWA winners, three organizations will receive 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 2014 honorees are Beach Cities

Health District (California), Framework (Connecticut) and

Porter-Starke Services (Indiana).

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards are designed to recognize

organizations for their efforts to foster employee well-being while

enhancing organizational performance. The program has both local- and

national-level components. APA's award program spans North America and

is designed to showcase the very best from among the winners

recognized by APA's affiliated state, provincial and territorial

psychological associations. Nominees are selected from a pool of

previous local winners and evaluated on their workplace practices in

the areas of employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth

and development, work-life balance and employee recognition.

Additional factors that are considered include employee attitudes and

opinions, the role of communication in the organization and the

benefits realized in terms of both employee health and organizational

performance. Awards are given to for-profit and not-for-profit

organizations as well as government, military and educational

institutions.

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program is a public education

initiative from APA's Center for Organizational Excellence. To learn

more about the award winners and how to create a work environment

where employees and organizations thrive, visit www.apaexcellence.org.

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

134,000 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.

SOURCE American Psychological Association

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