2015 Michigan Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award Recipient
The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (PHWA) is sponsored by state psychological associations with support from the American Psychological Association. The award is presented to organizations that demonstrate a commitment to programs and policies that foster employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance.
The organizations are selected for a site visit. In addition to touring the facilities, the psychological association representatives administer an employee survey and talk to individuals at various levels throughout the organization including senior managers, human resources personnel and other employees. The psychological association representatives review all of the information collected for each applicant and in a competitive evaluation process, select their award winners. Awards are presented at a special event and the winners are announced to the media.
The award is based on the organization’s workplace practices in the following five areas:
- Employee Growth and Development
- Employee Recognition
- Work-Life Balance
- Employee Involvement
- Health and Safety
Opportunities for growth and development help employees expand their knowledge, skills, and abilities, and apply the competencies they have gained to new situations. The opportunity to gain new skills and experiences can increase employee motivation and job satisfaction and help workers more effectively manage job stress. This can translate into positive gains for the organization bu enhancing organizational effectiveness and improving work quality, as well as by helping the organization attract and retain top-quality employees. By providing opportunities for growth and development, organizations can improve the quality of their employees work experience and realize the benefits of developing workers to their full potential.
"The most gratifying aspect of this award is the validation by outside experts who visit your workplace and conclude that routine practices are conductive to a psychologically positive environment. There is an enormous satisfaction in being told you are doing a lot of things right!" - Beth Taylerson (Human Resource Director for The Herald, Rock Hill, SC)