Local organization receives international Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award

Maplewave, a past recipient of a Nova Scotia Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards hosted at Saint Mary’s University, has received international recognition. Maplewave was one of four North American employers honoured at the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2018 Psychologically Health Workplace Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C.”

A provider of software and retail optimization services for the telecommunications industry, Maplewave is known for its outstanding commitment to fostering a healthy, high-performing work environment. It received Nova Scotia’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award in 2017 and was nominated by the Nova Scotia committee for APA’s 2018 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award in the small business (for-profit) category. 
Nova Scotia’s Healthy Workplace Awards and Conference is an initiative of the American Psychological Association and is supported by the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia, the CN Centre for Occupational Health & Safety, and Saint Mary’s University.  

“We have a saying here that nothing is more sacred than doing the right thing,” says Adam Baggs, Maplewave Chief Executive Officer. “It’s the yardstick that we measure all of our decisions against. So, when it comes to the health and wellness of our employees, we strive to do everything we can because it is the right thing to do.”

“Their focus on doing the right thing aligns with their strong culture of respect, which fosters engaged workers and a successful business,” says Dr. Arla Day, Director of the CN Centre for Occupational Health & Safety at Saint Mary’s University, and Chair of the NS Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Program. 

Day notes that developing healthy workplaces is not only the right thing to do, but it also makes good business sense. 

Maplewave’s psychologically healthy workplace practices have reaped rewards for both the organization and its employees. In the past two years, their employees have shown increased engagement, higher levels of initiative, and higher job satisfaction.

“Maplewave’s outcomes are consistent with our research findings, which show that healthy organizations tend to report better employee engagement, better financial outcomes, and less employee stress. Developing psychologically healthy workplaces is a great recruiting tool because people truly want to work at these types of organizations.”

Leigh Anne Dingwall, Maplewave’s Vice-President of Human Resources, says that they are excited to be recognized. They are proud of the work they have done and look forward to continuing to develop a strong and healthy workplace. 

“Our site reviewers raved about Maplewave’s policies and programs that reflect a strong commitment to the health and wellbeing of all workers,” said Dr. Day. “We are thrilled to be able to support outstanding Nova Scotia organizations like Maplewave and help other organizations develop their own healthy workplaces.”