Kaiser Permanente Center recognized for its policies

The Kaiser Permanente Center Health Research was recognized by the American Psychological Association as a "Psychologically Healthy Workplace," due to its continued focus on employee performance, strong employee policies, and professional work environment.

The Portland, Oregon-based facility became the 12th recipient of the award from the APA, which presents the designation to employers and institutions that take "comprehensive efforts to promote employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance."

"Eighty-nine percent of employees at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research say they would recommend their organization as a good place to work, which compares to only 53 percent of workers in the United States," said David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, APA's assistant executive director for marketing and business development. "Having engaged employees who are proud of the work they do is a sign that the employer is doing something right."

The facility employs 266 workers covering various healthcare issues, including addiction, psychological treatment, physical ailments and chronic diseases among other conditions. The APA distinction comes months after the center received the Oregon Psychological Association's 2010 Psychologically Healthy Workplace award. 

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