Bullying in the workplace has been on the employment radar for several years, now. But what exactly bullying is, on the other hand, remains elusive and without a universal definition. The American Psychological Association (APA), has provided a way to come close, though.
Each year, the APA sponsors the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award program. The award program recognizes employers who excel in five categories. When a workplace can implement each of the five, it qualifies not just as a “good place to work,” but as a psychologically healthy workplace.
The five types of workplace practices that contribute to a psychologically healthy work environment include: (1) work-life balance; (2) employee involvement; (3) employee growth and development; (4) health and safety; and (5) employee recognition. These factors mirror those most commonly cited as the most important drivers for employee engagement, as well.
Employers interested in reducing health-care costs, improving quality and productivity, and positioning their organizations for recruitment and retention of the best employees can learn more at the APA’s website.