In recognition of its efforts to create a healthy, high-performing work environment, Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) received the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award. One of four employers across North America similarly recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. this month, CAB previously won a state-level award that qualified for the APA award nomination.

The company, which works with cattle ranchers, retailers and chefs to market the Certified Angus Beef ® brand, excelled in its efforts to foster employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, overall wellness, work-life balance and employee recognition.

CAB’s workplace practices have reaped rewards for the company and its employees, such as single-digit percentage increases in health insurance renewal premiums, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“The health and well-being of our employees and their families are very important,” says Brent Eichar, the brand’s senior vice president. “When we are at our best, we better serve our families, our community, our customers and the Certified Angus Beef brand that we proudly represent.”

Divisional brainstorming sessions, biweekly breakfast meetings, team-building training, workshops and community outreach all build positive relationships among staff. The progressive approach to health issues includes a comprehensive wellness program that pays for gym membership, provides periodic group stretch sessions, facilitates a bimonthly weight-loss management group, and offers optional weigh-ins, blood-pressure checks and 15- to 30-minute one-on-one coaching sessions. A clinical psychologist is onsite monthly to provide stress management sessions and confidential personal appointments at no cost to employees.

Employees are challenged and encouraged for career growth through opportunities for learning and development, including a yearlong, onsite Leadership Development Series open to all. The family-centered culture allows staff to deal with unexpected life needs, issues or emergencies with the full support of management. CAB also sponsors the services of a certified financial planner, an attorney, a chair masseuse, and dry-cleaning and alteration services, all at substantial discounts.

“Forward-thinking employers such as Certified Angus Beef LLC are going beyond the typical wellness program to focus on a broader view of well-being,” says David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, head of APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence.

“When an employer is truly committed to helping employees thrive, psychologically healthy workplace principles become ingrained in the very norms, values and beliefs that are part of the organization’s culture. In turn, this helps employees perform at their best, on and off the job.”

More information about APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award winners and Best Practices honorees is available at http://www.apaexcellence.org/media. The largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, APA has divisions in 54 subfields and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, all working to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.