In recognition of its efforts to create a healthy, high-performing work environment, Moore Communications Group (MCG) received the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2016 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 27. One of only six employers from across North America to receive the award this year, MCG is a previous winner of the Florida Psychological Association’s state-level Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, qualifying it to be nominated for the APA award.
The organization excelled in its efforts to foster employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance and employee recognition. The business’ in-house wellness coordinator, career mentoring, staff recognition, parental leave and interim bonuses are several examples of the workplace practices that helped it earn a 2016 award.
MCG’s psychologically healthy workplace practices have reaped rewards for both the organization and its employees. Morale is high and team members experience less stress and improved health, as reflected in low turnover and absentee rates, improved eating habits, robust nutrition knowledge and increased work-life balance.
“Our priority has always been to foster a healthy and productive environment where employees are able to do their best work and succeed in their career at Moore Communications Group,” says Karen Moore, APR, CPRC, the firm’s founder and CEO. “Happy and healthy employees do great work, and we all reap the benefits.”
Starting at the top, the MCG leadership team has created a culture of flexibility, appreciation and open communication that includes all members of the team. Staff members are paired with clients that match personal interests and passions and help to shape activities within the firm’s strategic plan. MCG has its own in-house wellness coordinator and more than 90 percent of the staff participates in the company’s comprehensive wellness program. The company prides itself on its family-friendly workplace with schedule accommodation, a generous vacation policy and parental leave.
“Employees notice when an organization legitimately cares about their well-being and are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs, committed to the organization and motivated to do their best,” says David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, head of APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence, which hosts the annual awards. “Organizations like Moore Communications Group recognize the importance of creating a work environment where employees and the organization can thrive.”
APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards are designed to showcase the very best from among the award winners recognized by APA’s affiliated state, provincial and territorial psychological associations. Nominees are evaluated on their workplace practices in the areas of employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance and employee recognition. Awards are given to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, as well as government, military and educational institutions.
More information about APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award winners is available at http://www.apaexcellence.org/media. Organizations interested in learning more about creating a psychologically healthy workplace or applying for an award in their state, province or territory can visit http://www.apaexcellence.org. The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program is a public education initiative from APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence.