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Noble-Davis Consulting Recognized For Workplace Practices

Receives Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from American Psychological Association

Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards

March 10 2012 - In recognition of its workplace practices promoting employee well-being and organizational performance, Noble-Davis Consulting received the American Psychological Associationís (APA) 2012 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (PHWA) at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 10. One of five employers from across North America to receive the award this year, Noble-Davis Consulting won in the small for-profit category. The company is a previous winner of the Ohio Psychological Associationís state-level Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, qualifying it to be nominated for the APA award.

Noble-Davis Consulting excelled in its efforts to foster employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance and employee recognition. The organization's performance-based culture, self-determined work schedules and individual and group rewards are several examples of the workplace practices that helped it to earn a 2012 award.

Noble-Davis' psychologically healthy workplace practices have reaped rewards for both the organization and its employees. Founded and managed by working mothers who understand that life cannot always be about work, employees volunteer for their client load, and can take on work when they are looking for additional challenges or decline work if they have other commitments - not the status quo for most consulting firms. With unlimited sick and vacation time, employees actually take less time off because they know they have the flexibility if they need it. And employee turnover is also low - just 12 percent in 2011.

The organization sponsors annual health screenings, offers free onsite yoga classes, maintains a smoke-free workplace and provides healthful snacks on a regular basis. To embrace an entrepreneurial spirit, Noble-Davis sets aside a certain dollar amount for each employee every year to fund outside training, classes and educational opportunities. Available training opportunities include monthly workshops, frequent webcasts and industry group meetings.

The expectation at Noble-Davis is that employees will work the hours required to get the job done well. This means there are no set vacation days or hours, but rather a self-determined schedule that keeps the work flowing and clients well-served. Meeting group goals earns rewards for the winning teams - from bowling parties and a night at the movies to potluck meals and Whirlyball outings. Individuals also have the opportunity to earn cash rewards, which are presented at staff meetings.

"The business world is in the midst of a sea change," says David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, head of APA's Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program. "Successful organizations have learned that high performance and sustainable results require attention to the relationships among employee, organization, customer and community. Forward-thinking employers such as Noble-Davis Consulting are taking steps to create an organizational culture that promotes both well-being and business success."

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 PHWA winners and Best Practices honorees is available at www.phwa.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 www.phwa.org.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 154,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare.

Photo Credit: Rachel Smith Photography. Photos Courtesy of the American Psychological Association. Used with permission.