2014 STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
• Certified Angus Beef of Ohio has created a comprehensive
wellness program for employees, with free gym memberships,
an onsite wellness coach and a monthly visit from a clinical
psychologist who provides stress management sessions plus free
one-on-one appointments on company time.
• St. Luke’s Hospital emphasizes safety for both patients and
employees. Thanks in part to its Safety Committee, Employee
Health Committee and Safe Patient Handling Committee,
the Minnesota hospital has seen the cost of its worker’s
compensation claims plummet from more than $1 million in
2006 to less than $200,000 in 2010.
• Tasty Catering switched from a “command-and-control”
management hierarchy to a culture-based leadership model
in 2006, asking an employee-run council to develop culture
statements laying out core values and other key concepts for
the Chicago-area company. The company operates a Tasty
Catering University to encourage employee development and
keeps employees abreast of the company’s cash position, sales
comparisons and other information via a weekly newsletter.
• University of Southern California, the largest private
employer in the Los Angeles area, demonstrates its commitment
to employees through its 60-member Staff Assembly,
professional development programs and comprehensive
employee wellness program, among other benefits.
Three organizations were 2014 Best Practices honorees,
recognized for a single exemplary policy or program:
• Beach Cities Health District, a wellness agency
delivering preventive health programs to southern California
communities, created a Thrive to 5 Challenge to motivate
employees to complete at least five wellness-related activities in
a three-month period.
• Framework, a Stamford, Conn.-based management
consultancy, takes a strengths-based approach to employee
growth and development. Managers assign employees to
projects that match their strengths as well as their interests
and desire for new opportunities, and jobs evolve to meet
employees’ developmental needs.
• Porter-Starke Services, a community mental health center
with offices in three Indiana towns, launched The Inspiration
Project as a morale-booster. Modeled on the popular 1950s
radio show This I Believe, the project encourages employees to
write and share essays about the personal beliefs that guide their
To learn more about APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace
Program and the 2014 winners, visit the APA Center for
Organizational Excellence at www.apaexcellence.org.
Rebecca A. Clay is a journalist in Washington, D.C.
Seven leaders accepted APA’s 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards and Best Practices Honors at the State Leadership Conference. From left to right: John Gaspari, University of Southern California; Rocco Schiralli, Porter-Starke Services; Sherry
Leggett, Certified Angus Beef; Kathee Rebernak, Framework; Marla C. Halvorson, St. Luke’s; Dr. Robert deMayo, Beach Cities Health
District; and Thomas J. Walter, Tasty Catering.