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Date:3/10/2008

ngs from their workplace practices. At Westminster Savings Credit Union, high employee satisfaction and low turnover means that two thirds of WSCU's openings are filled internally, lowering administrative costs. Increased productivity is another benefit for the organizations. In 2007, Nike Tennessee increased productivity by 51 percent, while reducing injury rates by almost 30 percent. And at Cooperativa de Seguros Multiples, an insurance company in Puerto Rico, employee loyalty is high with a 15-year average length of service and a turnover rate of less than two percent.

Psychologically healthy workplace practices fall into five categories: employee involvement; health and safety; employee growth and development; work-life balance and employee recognition. Employee participation in decision making, skills training and leadership development, flexible work arrangements, and programs promoting healthy lifestyle and behavior choices are just a few of the qualities that define a psychologically healthy workplace.

In addition to the PHWA winners, nine organizations received Best Practices Honors for an innovative program or policy that contributes to a psychologically healthy work environment. The honorees are Alaska Pacific University; Ascend One (Maryland); Bethesda Hospital (Minnesota); Dayton Marriott (Ohio); The Holland/Burgerville (Washington); Hope Community Resources (Alaska) and Trinity Services (Illinois). PHWA winners Arkansas Educational Television Network and Westminster Savings Credit Union were also recognized as Best Practice recipients.

APA's Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (PHWA) program has both local- and national-level components. APA's PHWA spans North America and is designed to showcase the very best from among the winners recognized by APA's affiliated state, provincial and territorial psychological associations. Nominees are selected from a pool of previous local win
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