The annual Psychologically
Healthy Workplace Awards
honor employees who make
employee health a top priority.
What does it take to succeed in today’s marketplace? A greater focus on employees, David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, told attendees of the 2012 Psychologically
Healthy Workplace Awards ceremony at the State Leadership
“Forward-thinking organizations understand that
high performance and sustainable business results require
attention to people,” said Ballard, assistant executive director
for marketing and business development in APA’s Practice
Directorate and APA Practice Organization.
And increasingly, he said, businesses are doing just that.
Each year, APA recognizes employers that foster positive work
environments that help both organizations and employees
thrive. This year’s awards celebrated five organizations that offer
comprehensive programs designed to improve employee well-being while enhancing organizational performance, as well as
nine Best Practices Honorees recognized for a single policy or
program (see sidebar).
“There is no one-size-fits-all approach, but the kind of
practices employees put in place tend to be in five categories:
employee involvement, recognition, health and safety,
employee growth and development and work/life balance,”
said Ballard. “At the center of the model is effective two-way
Those practices pay off, he added. Only 24 percent of
employees at this year’s award-winning workplaces reported
chronic work stress compared to the national average of 41
percent. And just 14 percent of their employees planned to seek
jobs elsewhere, compared with 28 percent nationally.