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Virginia Psychological Association Looking for Healthy Workplaces

Roanoke, VA, June 04, 2010 --( Nominations now accepted for 2010 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards

The MITRE Corporation in McLean did it in 2009; W.R Systems in Norfolk did it in 2008. Both won Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards. Now, the Virginia Psychological Association is accepting nominations for its 2010 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards (PHWA). These awards recognize Virginia workplaces that are taking steps to enhance productivity and workplace performance while simultaneously fostering their employees’ health and development.

“Our research clearly shows that companies which work to improve their employees’ well-being reap rewards for both their staff and their organizational performance,” says business psychologist Louis Perrott, Ph.D of VPA/VACP. “As economic stresses have increasingly impacted our workplaces, healthy, resilient organizations generate creative solutions to improve employee morale and increase productivity and profitability.”

Creating new ways to apply these established links between employee well-being and a company’s bottom line pays off handsomely, particularly during this challenging economic recovery, the Virginia Psychological Association (VPA) and Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists (VACP) want to remind employers. The PHWA project recognizes companies that have already embraced these challenges and found innovative ways to create healthy work environments, ultimately benefiting both employers and their employees.

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace program highlights a variety of workplaces—large and small, for profit and not-for-profit—and evaluates applicants in five areas:

Employee involvement
Work-Life balance
Employee growth and development
Health and safety
Employee recognition

Implementing programs, policies, and workplace procedures that address these areas will benefit organizations by increasing worker motivation, morale and job satisfaction, improving talent acquisition and retention, decreasing turnover, and reducing accident/injury rates.

“By collaborating with the American Psychological Association to sponsor these awards, we aim to raise business’ awareness about the importance of their human capital, the relation of people to outstanding organizational performance, and the factors contributing to creating healthy workplaces,” added Perrott, who, along with Mike Blanchard, co-chairs the state PHWA Committee.

This recognition dates back to 2001, when Anderson and Associates, located in Blacksburg, was Virginia’s first recipient of the PHWA. The MITRE Corporation, based in McLean, Va., won the most recent award.

To apply online for an award, organizational representatives of Psychologically Healthy Workplaces can self-nominate by visiting and clicking on “Apply Now.” State-level award winners may later be nominated for a National Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award and Best Practices Honors. Nominations will be accepted through June 30.

Contact: Louis A. Perrott, Ph.D, 540.989.8896,

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