By Stephanie Bryant, Tripler Army Medical Center Public AffairsOctober 19, 2012
KANEOHE, Hawaii -- Tripler Army Medical Center was presented with a Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award at a Hawaii Psychological Association's luncheon, Oct. 19 at the Koolau Ballrooms, here.
This is the 13th year that HPA, in cooperation with the American Psychological Association, has established the "healthy workplace" awards in Hawaii, but the first time that Tripler has applied for recognition.
The program recognizes organizations state-wide that have demonstrated excellence in the implementation of psychologically healthy work policies and practices. Tripler took top honors in the military organization category.
Along with an application, Tripler had to undergo a site visit from HPA representatives in order to be eligible.
"Win or lose, this process allowed us to learn about what we are doing right and what we aren't doing right," said Richard Ries, resiliency subject matter expert, Care Provider Support Program, Pacific Regional Medical Command. "There are bottom-line values (to participating in a program like this) such as employers that do a lot to support their employees' psychological and holistic well being reduce costs across the board, reduce attrition and turnovers, and increase productivity levels."
Some of the categories that were examined during the site visit and as part of the application were employee growth and development, employee involvement in decision making, work-life balance and health and safety.
"Tripler is an amazing place to work," said Dr. Daniel Kopf, member of the HPA who was part of the site visit. "The application (for the award) that they gave us was literally 50 to 60 pages long."
Some of the programs and services that make Tripler, which has around 4,000 employees total, such an employee-friendly place to work include employee fitness rooms, resiliency classes, on-site day care, numerous training opportunities and benefits such as tuition reimbursement.
"(The programs and services Tripler provides) all around makes for a better, more productive, well-rounded staff," explained Howard Reyes, supervisor, CPSP, PRMC. "It shows the things (Tripler's leadership) are emphasizing really promotes employee participation, and health and wellness make a big difference in the hospital and the productivity of our staff."
Additionally, competing for awards such as these offer organizations like Tripler the opportunity to network with other local organizations and share their knowledge and programs.
Tripler was invited to apply to the American Psychological Association's national Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award competition.