APA Center for Organizational Excellence: APA's Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards & Winners

The Awards

APA's Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards

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Candidates for APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award come from the pool of previous local-level award winners and are evaluated on their workplace programs and policies in the following areas: 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 well-being and organizational performance.

Following a competitive evaluation and selection process, top candidates from the following organizational categories are selected for recognition by the American Psychological Association:

  • Large for-profit (1,000 or more employees)
  • Medium for-profit (250-999 employees)
  • Small for-profit (fewer than 250 employees)
  • Not-for-profit
  • Government/military/educational institution

By recognizing the “best of the best” for their outstanding, comprehensive efforts to create a positive work environment, the American Psychological Association hopes to demonstrate via examples the variety of ways that organizations of all types can take care of their employees while at the same time enhancing organizational performance.

The American Psychological Association (APA) presented its first annual Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards on March 4, 2006 at a special ceremony during the APA Practice Organization’s annual State Leadership Conference. The award ceremony has since grown to become a freestanding event held at APA’s rooftop conference center in Washington, DC.

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Joseph A. Whalen
Executive Director
Green Chimneys