Hilltop awarded for promoting heathy workplace

Hilltop Community Resources in Grand Junction is among five employers nationwide to earn awards recognizing their efforts to promote healthy and productive workplaces.

Hilltop received the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from the American Psychological Association during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Hilltop won the award for medium-sized nonprofit organizations. Hilltop earned the same award from the Colorado Psychological Association, qualifying Hilltop for consideration for national honors.

The awards recognize companies and organizations that make a commitment to programs and policies that foster employee health and well-being while also enhancing performance. Winners are selected on the basis of anonymous employee surveys and interviews with senior managers, human resources staff and other employees.

“Organizations like Hilltop Community Resources recognize the importance of creating a work environment where employees and the organization can thrive,” said David Ballard, head of the APA Center for Organizational Excellence.

Hilltop was cited for its employee-run health and safety committees and growth and development programs as well as policies that promote balance between work and life.

Rebecca Weitzel, wellness coordinator at Hilltop, said the wellness program does more than reduce health care costs. “It strives to create a culture that values health and wellness and works to engage all employees in an effort to create an environment that improves overall well-being,” she said.

Hilltop provides a range of services and resources through community programs. For more information, visit the Web site at www.htop.org.