Psychologically Healthy Workplace

Is your organization the type of place where people want to come to work? Are employees treated respectfully? Does your employer go the extra mile to create a positive work environment? Do workers feel that management is responsive to their work and personal needs?

If one or more of the above is true, we encourage you to apply for the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (PHWA) sponsored by the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) and American Psychological Association (APA).

Why Apply?

Winners of the PHWA benefit from increased positive visibility in many ways:  Publicity — some winners have appeared in the local media and The Wall Street Journal, and have been recognized by state government. Winners might also have opportunities for speaking engagements and interviews, including televised interviews.  Winners can highlight their success in their promotional literature. Organizations can benefit by spotlighting this honor in internal and external communication vehicles. Winners are invited to attend the award presentation ceremony at MPA’s Annual Convention.  The award may help in recruiting the best and the brightest to come work for your organization.

Know a great company that you think should apply? You can nominate outstanding employers and we will contact the organization and invite them to apply.

Award Criteria

Awards are made to organizations who show exceptional commitment and/or innovative programs in the following areas:

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

We are most interested in hearing about programs, policies and procedures that are above-and-beyond the “standard fare” (i.e. in some way exceptional and/or cutting edge.) A complete description of the Awards can be found at the PHWA Web site:  Specific details and examples of the criteria are located under the Resources for Employers tab.

Application Process

Any organization can apply. We offer up to three awards per year in these categories: less than 1,000 employees, more than 1,000 employees, nonprofits of any size. Application deadline on the 3rd Friday of February - Friday, February 16, 2018.

What does applying involve?

  • Organizations complete a simple, primarily open-ended application.
  • Finalists will be asked to participate in an employee survey and site visit. These involve meeting with representatives of management and employees for a few hours each.
  • The award is presented to winning organizations at the spring MPA Annual Meeting and Convention. We can also present the award at your annual board meeting, employee gathering, or other key function.
  • Visit the PHWA Web site to start the application process:

Know a great company that you think should apply? You can nominate outstanding employers and we will contact the organization and invite them to apply. Click here to nominate a psychologically healthy employer.

If you have questions, contact our PHWA Committee Chair Jennifer Pollard at [email protected]

Past Winners

Previous winners have included: Orion Associates, Beehive PR, Loft Literary Center, Women in Construction, Immanuel St. Joseph’s – Mayo Health System, RESOURCE Inc., Next Level Café, IBM Corporation, Minnesota State Bar Association, Best Buy, Pella Windows, Minnesota Power (now Allete), Holiday Inn-River Centre, Twin City Co-ops Federal Credit Union, The City of New Hope, Lifeworks, Clockwork Active Media Systems and Bethesda Hospital. These organizations were recognized for outstanding policies such as extraordinary sponsorship of employee community service, extensive support for loss or illness, on-site teachers of English as a second language, and management sharing decision-making with line staff.


Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.