In recognition of its efforts to create a healthy, high-performing work environment, Certified Angus Beef LLC will receive the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2016 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 27. One of six employers from across North America to receive the award this year, the premium beef company won in the small not-for-profit category.

Certified Angus Beef LLC excels in its efforts to foster employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance and employee recognition. The organization’s on-site services during work hours, regular health assessments, family-friendly activities and paid leave policies are several examples of the workplace practices that helped earn the 2016 award.

In 2015, the not-for-profit was recognized as Best Employer in Ohio for small-to-medium companies, confirming an ongoing commitment to a healthy, positive and balanced, yet always productive, workplace. This is also the third year the company has received APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award.

“We believe that employees who are both physically and emotionally supported help promote a positive work environment,” says Pam Cottrell, Director of Human Resources. “That environment, we think, is a key reason we’re able to attract and retain employees who drive the success of our overall business.”

As part of its quarterly integrative health goal for employees, the organization offers an optional online stress assessment and lets employees develop an action plan with an on-site wellness coach or psychologist. Ergonomic evaluations, company-provided Fitbits and blood pressure checks also help keep employees at the top of their game. The Certified Angus Beef team knows the importance of employee development. In 2014, the company invested in 1,800 training hours to develop staff through a series of growth opportunities and offered tuition reimbursement.

In addition, to assist those juggling work and home responsibilities, the company offers onsite services during work hours. These vary in frequency from weekly to quarterly and include ready-made healthy meals to go, an on-site physician, certified financial planner and an attorney.

“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 Certified Angus Beef 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 Organizations interested in learning more about creating a psychologically healthy workplace or applying for an award in their state, province or territory can visit The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program is a public education initiative from APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence.

Source: Certified Angus Beef