APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Best Practice Honorees

The Awards

2012 Best Practice Honors Program

Nine organizations were selected to receive the American Psychological Association’s 2012 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 meets the specific needs of the organization and its employees.

Nominees for this 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 nine best practices were selected for recognition by the American Psychological Association.

2012 Best Practice Honorees

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Employees Learn While They Earn

Pennsylvania – Through their work in brain-injury rehabilitation, the employees at ReMed Recovery Care Centers continually enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities as a regular part of their challenging jobs. Funded by the organization, ongoing education and advancement opportunities help these dedicated professionals provide exceptional care for individuals with brain injuries. Read more

Leading by Example

MinnesotaOrion Associates, a small management services organization, was founded on the principle of service to others. It is through volunteer experiences with its not-for-profit Headwater Relief Organization that employees learn hands-on leadership skills to take back to the office. Read more

All Together Now

MinnesotaLutheran Social Service of Minnesota, LSS Financial Counseling Service (LSS FCS) is a not-for-profit, full-service credit counseling organization devoted to helping people gain control of their finances. With multiple offices across the state, LSS FCS goes out of its way to bring employees together for meetings, training and retreats, all with the full support of management. Read more

Celebrating Direct Support Staff

Ohio – At Koinonia Homes, a social service organization that provides residential and vocational services to individuals with developmental disabilities, quality care is a priority – not only for clients but for employees as well. Koinonia has a variety of employee recognition initiatives, but with more than 400 Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) on staff, the organization steps it up every year during DSP Recognition Week. During activities that coincide with state and national DSP celebrations, employees have fun and receive well-deserved recognition for the hard work they do year round. Read more

Building a Leadership Pipeline

OregonKaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (CHR) Northwest is a professionally independent, not-for-profit research institute dedicated to improving individual health and informing health policy. Its robust leadership program has proved to be a powerful development and motivation tool for employees and has made a positive impact on the organization’s operations and communications. Read more

Teaming with Healthy Ideas

Nova Scotia – The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS), responsible for regulating the Canadian province’s medical profession, knows good health. The workplace philosophy of CPSNS is built on the principles of healthy, happy and productive employees. What better way to facilitate this than with a dedicated steering committee working alongside leadership and employees to develop and implement the healthy workplace program. Read more

Caught in the Act

DelawareThe Newark vocational facility of Chimes Delaware offers programs and support for individuals with a broad range of cognitive challenges, including developmental disabilities. As a way to recognize the front-line staff who deal with high stress every day, Chimes created the Gotcha Awards – a peer-to-peer recognition program that is truly valued. Read more

Making the Case for Balance

ArkansasCross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus (CGWG) represents clients in a range of areas – from labor relations and employment defense litigation to construction, health care and finance. CGWG attorneys and support staff are no strangers to pressure and welcome the firm’s work-life practices. Read more

Setting the Bar for Emotional Wellness

OhioCertified Angus Beef (CAB) brings premium beef from farmers and ranchers across America to consumers around the globe. The organization places a premium on health and safety and demonstrates that it is a cut above by providing an onsite psychologist to support employees’ emotional health. Read more

"As a result of our focus on creating a good working environment, ARUP has enjoyed high morale and productivity, low turnover and absenteeism, enhanced recruitment and retention, and positive customer relations."

Carl R. Kjeldsberg, M.D.
CEO and Chairmain of the Board
ARUP Laboratories, Past Winner, Utah