March 10, 2008

Nike Tennessee Recognized For Employment Practices

Receives Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from American Psychological Association

MEMPHIS, TN (10 March, 2008) – In recognition of its workplace practices promoting employee health and well-being, Nike Tennessee received the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2008  Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (PHWA) at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 9. One of five employers from across North America to receive the award this year, Nike Tennessee won in the for-profit category. The organization, the largest link in Nike’s U.S. supply chain, is a previous winner of the Tennessee Psychological Association’s State-Level Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, qualifying it to be nominated for the APA award.

Nike Tennessee excelled in PHWA categories for employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance and employee recognition.  The company’s stress management and employee wellness programs, its strategies for promoting work-life balance and its efforts to recognize high performance are several examples of the workplace practices that earned Nike a 2008 PHWA.

Nike Tennessee’s psychologically healthy workplace practices have reaped rewards for both the company and its employees. With nearly 80 percent of its workforce feeling that what they do is worthwhile, Nike Tennessee has created a work environment where inspiration and innovation thrive. As a result, the company has a turnover rate of just over 12 percent, and 87 percent of employees say that being a team player is important to company performance. In 2007, Nike Tennessee increased productivity, while reducing injury rates by over 40 percent.

“We have always put emphasis on our employee’s health and well-being. This award continues our evolution toward a healthier workplace and a great place to work”, says Linda Reynolds, General Manager of Nike Tennessee. “Our focus on the employee allows us to have a caring work environment.”

Nike Tennessee has made employee health a priority through programs that include a cafeteria that features healthy menu options, an onsite fitness center staffed by a wellness coordinator, discounted gym memberships and an annual health fair offering free flu shots.

APA also commended the actions taken by Nike Tennessee to promote work-life balance by offering benefits such as alternative work schedules, adoption assistance, scholarships and child education saving accounts, and for recognizing employees for longevity and top performance.  In addition, Nike Tennessee supports growth and development through a learning and development syllabus, and a college tuition reimbursement.

“The link between employee health and well-being and organizational performance is clear. Employers who embrace that connection are better able to develop a high-performing workforce that serves as a competitive advantage in the market place,” says David Ballard, PsyD, MBA, APA’s assistant executive director for corporate relations and business strategy. “Nike Tennessee’s track record of low turnover and strong organizational performance demonstrates the benefits of investing in programs that promote a psychologically healthy workplace.”

APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards are designed to showcase the very best from among the award winners recognized by APA’s affiliated state, provincial and territorial psychological associations. Nominees are evaluated on their workplace practices in the areas of employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance and employee recognition. Awards are given to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations as well as government, military and educational institutions.

About NikeNIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Cole Haan Holdings Incorporated, which designs, markets and distributes luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Umbro Ltd., a leading United Kingdom-based global football (soccer) brand; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories.

About APAThe American Psychological Association (APA), in Washington, DC, is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world’s largest association of psychologists.  APA’s membership includes more than 148,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students.  Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare. Learn more about the awards.