APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Apply for Awards

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How to Apply for the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award

Click here to apply for a Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award.

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After registering online and completing the initial application, you will be contacted by a representative from the state, provincial or territorial psychological association (SPTA) in your area with more information about the application process. If your state, province or territory is not currently accepting online applications, contact your SPTA representative here for more information.

Note: Nominees for the American Psychological Association’s National Psychologically Healthy Award come from the pool of previous local winners – organizations cannot directly apply for this award.

Steps for Applying for the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award in your state, province or territory

  1. Register online at https://app.apaexcellence.org.
  2. Complete the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (PHWA) Application, which asks you to check off the policies and practices your organization has in place and complete a short essay about your organization’s commitment to creating a psychologically healthy workplace.
  3. Complete the Organizational Practices Questionnaire. This is a series of short essays where you describe your workplace practices, as well as the benefits they have produced for employees and the organization. This may take a few hours and asks you to include data to support your claims (for example, employee turnover, participation rates, cost savings, performance improvements), so you may need to involve other people from your organization in the completion of this step.
  4. Obtain a link to our employee questionnaire and forward it to your entire workforce, or a random sample of your employees. In general, at least 10 percent of your workforce must complete the survey, although adjustments are made for very large and very small organizations.
  5. Schedule a site visit for a team of psychologists to come to your organization, meet with employees and tour your facilities. This generally includes a meeting with senior leaders and a town hall or focus groups with employees.
  6. Following completion of the application process and awards selection, you will receive feedback, including a summary of results from the Application, Organizational Practices Questionnaire, Employee Questionnaire and site visit.

Please note that depending on which state, province or territory your organization is headquartered in, this process and the order of the steps may vary. Please verify directly with the representative from your jurisdiction before beginning the application process.

"Receiving the National Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award is truly a confirmation of the many programs and services we have implemented over the years to address job-related satisfaction for our employees. We're very honored to receive this recognition."

Mark Richardson
President and CEO
Great River Health Systems