APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Best Practice Honorees

The Awards

2009 Best Practice Honors Program

Ten organizations were selected to receive the American Psychological Association’s 2009 Best Practices Honors. Launched in 2003, this national program recognizes companies for a single workplace program or policy that stands out for its facilitation of a psychologically healthy workplace. Special attention is given to workplace practices that are designed and implemented in a way that creatively meets the specific needs of the organization and its employees.

Nominees for this national honor were selected from the pool of previous local Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award winners and submitted for consideration by the psychological association in the state, province or territory in which the organization is located. Following a competitive evaluation and judging process, the top ten best practices were selected for national recognition.

2009 Best Practice Honorees

Click on the links below to read more about the 2009 Best Practice Honorees.

Ensuring Workplace Health and Safety

Manitoba - As a provider of supplementary health care benefits, Manitoba Blue Cross is committed to developing and maintaining a caring culture for its employees and the clients they serve. When this non-profit organization relocated operations to a new building, instead of simply uprooting employees and planting them in new offices, Manitoba Blue Cross involved staff in creating a safe, welcoming place to work. Read more

Learning to Work Together

New Mexico - Based on the country day school model that views school as an extension of family, the students, parents and staff of Sandia Preparatory School come together to form a collaborative team. This independent, non-profit school forges a culture of inclusion in which each employee serves as a teacher, administrator, coach and coordinator. Read more

A Novel Approach to Flexibility

Minnesota - As the largest, most comprehensive literary arts center in the country, The Loft Literary Center provides cutting-edge resources for writers and readers at all levels. This non-profit organization has offered its members evening and weekend programming for more than 30 years and with more than 100 after-hour events on the calendar every month, the demands on staff can be high. The Loft’s culture of trust, respect and flexibility enables employees to design their own schedules, so they can fulfill the organization’s mission without burning out. Read more

Building a Brighter Future

Minnesota - Orion Associates was founded on the core principle of “service to others” and the organization has a history of encouraging employees to volunteer in the community. While catering to clients’ needs and providing employees with a rewarding and fulfilling work experience, this small management services organization is a thriving example of how business can catalyze change within the community and have an even larger impact on the world. Read more

Buddying Up for Health

Nevada - Through research, early detection, prevention and quality patient care, Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI) provides hope to communities across the Southwest United States and beyond. This nonprofit organization’s mission to create a future without cancer includes taking good care of its own employees, with wellness benefits that help them lead a healthy lifestyle. Read more

A Partnership for Promotion

Ontario - As the largest municipal police force in Canada, the Toronto Police Service (TPS) knows opportunities for career advancement can make the difference between a high-performing workforce and unhappy employees who search for work elsewhere. TPS has taken the initiative to ensure their employees can succeed within the ranks of the organization by developing a unique mentoring program that helps uniformed officers navigate the promotional interview process. Read more

Caring for Mind and Body

New Jersey - As the only long-term, specialized HIV/AIDS nursing and rehabilitation facility in the state, Broadway House for Continuing Care (BHCC) is nationally recognized for its patient-oriented services. Built upon the belief that quality healthcare begins with the well-being of caregivers, the Broadway House employee wellness program encompasses a growing selection of benefits that promote a healthy lifestyle. Read more

Leveraging Top Talent

New York - The accounting firm Holtz Rubenstein Reminick (HRR) takes pride in its career guidance initiative CARE. The acronym stands for Consulting, Advocacy, Responsibility and Empowerment and the initiative matches HRR staff members with company leaders as mentors to help staffers throughout their careers. Read more

Banking on Employees

Washington - At Watermark Credit Union, a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution, a team of employees and management designed and implemented a gainsharing plan that epitomizes the organization’s participative culture. The plan is dubbed EPIC for its components of Equity, Participation, Identity and Competence. Read more

The Right Tools for the Job

Minnesota - Women in Construction Company (WiCC) is a full-service construction business that offers opportunities to unskilled, low-income individuals with little or no previous experience in construction. Many WiCC employees faced homelessness, domestic violence, poverty and racism, but this small non-profit creates a supportive work environment where employees can build new skills and become self-sufficient while working on projects that benefit low-income families. Read more

"We have always known that the key to our success is the way we care about our fellow workers. Winning this award is a welcome confirmation that we are on the right track."

Ken Golder
Holiday Inn River Centre