APA Center for Organizational Excellence: APA's Organizational Excellence Award & Winners

The Awards

APA's Organizational Excellence Award

APA Organizational Excellence Award

This national-level recognition, given to a single company each year, is designed to highlight the effective application of psychology in the workplace — whether addressing mental health, applying good behavioral science to safety practices, using learning theory to strengthen training efforts, or a host of other ways that psychology can promote well-being and performance.



2017 Winner – Prudential Financial

APA recognized Prudential Financial for its efforts to promote psychological well-being for its employees, as well as its work to destigmatize mental health issues within its own work culture and beyond. Prudential’s comprehensive employee health strategy includes five components: physical, financial, spiritual, social and emotional. While all five are considered equally important, the emotional component has been regarded as key to the company’s efforts to raise awareness of mental health issues, remove barriers associated with stigma, and encourage meaningful dialogue. The company put into place a dedicated behavioral health services team that offers counseling, referrals, and training to help employees and supervisors better manage mental or emotional health concerns. A companywide Health Risk Assessment taken by employees has demonstrated that their efforts are showing success: Each year since the first assessment in 2007, the risk factors for stress and depression have steadily declined. Read More

2015 Winner – American Express

APA selected American Express as the inaugural winner of its new Organizational Excellence Award, a national recognition designed to highlight the effective application of psychology in the workplace. Through its Healthy Minds program, American Express has taken broad steps to integrate behavioral health and emotional well-being into its health and wellness offerings, including expanding its employee assistance program, addressing stigma and providing a wealth of resources for employees. These efforts are bolstered by a powerful blend of peer-reviewed science, evidence-based practices, professional partnerships for quality resources and services, pilot testing and rigorous evaluation to deliver the best and broadest range of resources and information to its geographically and culturally diverse workforce. Read More

"We have always known that the key to our success is the way we care about our fellow workers. Winning this award is a welcome confirmation that we are on the right track."

Ken Golder
Holiday Inn River Centre