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Psychologically Healthy Workplace

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THE Underlying Conceptual Framework

The underlying conceptual framework for the ADVANCE program is the American Psychological Association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace (PHW) initiative.  There are 5 PHW practices: Employee Growth & Development, Employee Health & Safety, Employee Involvement, Employee Recognition, and Employee Work-Life Balance.  All of the ADVANCE activities and programs (past and present) have been aligned with one or more of these practices.



Employee Growth and Development

  • Provide employees with the opportunity to expand their knowledge, skills, and abilities and provide an outlet to apply these gained competencies
  • Job-related and career-related training and benefits

Employee Health and Safety

  • Maximize the health of employees through prevention, assessment, and treatment of potential health risks
  • Disease management and health promotion and wellness

Employee Involvement

  • Allow employees to bring ideas and perspectives as a part of organizational decision-making
  • Autonomy and input

Employee Recognition

  • Allow employees to be rewarded for their contributions and achievements
  • Monetary and non-monetary rewards

Employee Work-Life Balance

  • Help employees to balance the multiple demands in their lives
  • Work flexibility and non-work support