Psychologically, DMU is super


DMU's IPA award
Accepting DMU’s honor as a “psychologically healthy workplace” are (from left) Shannon Kalsem, M.H.A.’03, wellness center manager; Stephen Dengle, executive vice president and chief operating officer; Diane Langner, human resources administrator; and Mary Ann Zug, vice president of student services. At right is Daniel Earle, Psy.D., Iowa Psychological Association selection committee chair.

The Iowa Psychological Association (IPA) named Des Moines University the 2010 Iowa Psychologically Healthy Workplace. Presented last October at the association’s fall conference, the award is given annually to recognize an Iowa organization that promotes a healthy work-life balance and provides a healthy work environment for employees.

“Des Moines University has a long standing and pervasive focus on the wellness of its employees and their families,” said DanielEarle, Psy.D.,chair of the IPA selection committee, at the award event. He is a psychologist with Glen Haven Counseling Resources in West Des Moines. “Plus the University maintains a focus on improving wellness through employee surveys, its state-of-the-art wellness center, comprehensive wellness programs and employee recognition.”

Award applicants are evaluated on workplace practices in those areas and in employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development.

“Studies have long demonstrated that recognizing achievements, providing good working conditions, offering educational opportunities and giving workers a sense of ownership in the workplace all contribute to employees’ psychological well-being,” Earle noted.

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