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Congratulations to APA's 2011 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award Winners

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The last few years have been difficult for employers and the U.S. workforce has borne much of the pain. In a 2011 survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, almost two-thirds of employed Americans reported that their employers had taken steps such as putting a freeze on wages, laying off staff or reducing benefits as a result of the recession.

As we head tentatively into the economic recovery, employer confidence remains shaky. Although the economy has improved and many organizations have returned to profitability, a majority of those surveyed indicated that the cuts made at their place of employment had not yet been reversed. Many organizations continue to squeeze increasing levels of productivity from a smaller workforce that feels disengaged and unappreciated, but sees no alternative but to trudge onward. The recession, combined with the changing nature of work, may have forever altered the employee-employer relationship, but as a nation we can do better.

Some employers have faced these challenging times head on and seized the opportunity to create a healthy culture, where both employees and the organization can thrive. To highlight those organizations committed to promoting employee well-being and organizational performance, the American Psychological Association’s recently presented its 2011 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards (PHWA) and Best Practices Honors.

The eight PHWA winners have implemented a comprehensive set of workplace practices designed to optimize employee and organizational outcomes. These employers reported an average turnover rate of just 11 percent in 2010 – significantly less than the national average of 38 percent as estimated by the U.S. Department of Labor. Surveys completed by the winning organizations show that only 18 percent of employees reported experiencing chronic work stress compared to 36 percent nationally, and 87 percent of employees reported being satisfied with their job vs. 69 percent in the general population. Additionally, 86 percent of employees said they would recommend their organization to others as a good place to work compared to 53 percent, and only 6 percent said they intend to seek employment elsewhere within the next year, compared to 32 percent nationally.

We congratulate our winners and hope that their examples demonstrate how a positive organizational culture and a healthy, high-performing workforce can promote business success and a prosperous future.

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This page contains a single entry by Dr. David Ballard published on April 18, 2011 1:35 PM.

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