What we can learn from the 2015 winners of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards

by Mar 30, 2015

The American Psychological Association announced its 2015 winners of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards. The winners are American Express, Beach Cities Health District, Beehive PR, Hilltop Community Resources, LaSalle Network and Team Horner.

We can all learn something from these winners, as they have half as much turnover (20% compared to the 40% national average), and have better employee satisfaction. They offer health and wellness programs, mental health resources, and stress management resources. Employees indicate they believe their leaders value employee involvement, training and development, recognition, and work/life balance.

How do you build a psychologically healthy workplace? According to this year’s winners, you should try implementing the following:

  • Open-door management policy
  • Professional development programs
  • Regular company-wide meetings
  • Annual employee satisfaction surveys
  • Reimbursement for higher education
  • Productivity bonuses
  • Performance-based bonuses
  • Peer-to-peer recognition
  • Core value awards programs
  • Healthful snacks and office exercise
  • Flexible hours or flextime
  • Employee-run safety committees

Check out APA’s newsletter to learn more about the winners and these programs.

About Catherine Mattice

Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

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