APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Local Awards & Winners

The Awards

Local Awards & Winners

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The Local Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (PHWA) is sponsored by state, provincial and territorial 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. Awards may be given to large, medium and small for-profit companies, not-for-profit organizations, and government, military and educational institutions. The award is based on the organization’s workplace practices in the following five areas:

  • Employee Involvement
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Employee Growth and Development
  • Health and Safety
  • Employee Recognition

The Local Award Process

The application process includes several steps. First, organizations complete and submit an initial application that includes a checklist of workplace practices and a short essay about the organization’s commitment to promoting and supporting a healthy workplace. After the application is reviewed by representatives from the psychological association in the state, province or territory in which the company is located, additional information may be requested (i.e., descriptions of the workplace practices and the outcomes achieved) and 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.

"We have worked to create a culture that supports the nature and goals of our business. As importantly, we communicate our culture to associates, clients and prospects through many channels every day. This helps us align people with the goals of our business, and has contributed to our success with employee satisfaction and with company growth and profits."

Will Ruch
CEO and Managing Partner