Long Island accounting firm Holtz Rubenstein Reminick has won an award for being the most psychologically healthy for-profit workplace in the state of New York.

Albert Frazia (below), the firm's chief human resources officer, said he was approached about applying for the award after a member of the New York State Psychological Association heard him lecture about recruiting and retention at the New York State Society of CPAs' Foundation for Accounting Education.

The firm filled out a survey and submitted information on its practices and policies to the association. Before long, psychologists were visiting the firm and spending half a day there interviewing about a dozen people. "They met with our leadership and also met face to face with a cross-section of our employees," said Frazia.

The association evaluated the firm on several factors, including employee involvement, work-life balance, employee growth and development, health and safety, and employee recognition.

Holtz Rubenstein Reminick had to provide the association with samples of its internal communications, the employee handbook, orientation material, and its health and safety record for the past four years.

"They also wanted to get a sense of our activities within the community," said Frazia.

The association announced on Nov. 30 that Holtz Rubenstein Reminick had been ranked No. 1 in the state in the for-profit business category. The firm now plans to compete on the national level.

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