Work stress and family issues can affect an employee’s ability to cope and be productive in the workplace. Work stress may lead to absenteeism, higher disability and benefits costs, turnover and lost productivity, all of which impact a company’s bottom line. An organization that recognizes these issues and strives to address them not only helps its employees but also helps itself. Successful organizations:

  • understand the link between employee health and well-being and organizational performance.
  • provide employees with resources to help them make behavior changes that promote good psychological and physical health
  • achieve results such as lower costs, higher productivity and a healthier bottom line

When workers can manage stress and balance their work and their life, the functioning and performance of both the employees and the organization are improved.

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards are designed to recognize organizations for their efforts to foster employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance. The local award program has been extremely successful, with participation growing to 56 associations across the U.S. and Canada. Collectively, more than 500 organizations have been recognized at the state level.

Applicants are evaluated on their efforts in the following five areas:

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

For more information about these areas and examples of relevant organizational practices, go to:

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