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California Psychological Association
Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (PHWA) is part of an innovative national program designed to recognize organizations of all types for implementing programs and policies that foster employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance.The program offers psychologists and members of the business community a unique opportunity to develop and maintain relationships to benefit the working public.  For a quick overview, look here.

For example, hiring and training employees is a very expensive process, which makes retaining employees an important goal in today's business environment. Maintaining a psychologically healthy workplace is one of the best ways to reduce turnover by keeping valuable employees healthy, happy and productive. It also demonstrates an understanding that employees' mental health is just as important as their physical health. Finally, solid data show that psychologically healthy workplaces are more productive, more successful and more profitable.

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award has both state and national components. Organizations are evaluated in each of the following areas:

  • Employee involvement
  • Work life balance
  • Recognition
  • Health and Safety
  • Employee growth and development

Applying for the PHWA is available to all workplaces, whether a for-profit Fortune 500 company or a neighborhood based non-profit organization. California PHWA winners are recognized both at CPA's Annual Convention in the Spring of each year and again locally at the company's site. Past winners of the PHWA include Beach Cities Health District, Neutrogena, Habitat for Humanity (Inland), USC, NSBN LLP, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Cedars-Sinai Health System, Wells Fargo & Co., Seton Medical Center, and Write on the Edge.  CPA's annual award winners are eligible to be nominated for the national award presented by the American Psychological Association.

The PHWA application process is conducted primarily online with the exception of a site visit.Required written information includes an application, organizational practices questionnaire and an employee survey.   Applications will be accepted starting in May. All parts of the application process must be complete by December 15th.  As a first step, you will need to register and create a username and password.   

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Lisa Osborn via email at .   More information is also available through the American Psychological Association's Center for Organizational Excellence Web site:  

Click here to apply on-line.

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 Criteria for Evaluating the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award


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