3 Ways to Identify & Promote a Healthy Work Environment in 2018

If you’re out their on the job hunt, it may be easy to in your eagerness to gain employment to overlook a key factor when it comes to job satisfaction. This is of course, how the organization deals with wellness on a physical, mental – and even spiritual – level.

Or, perhaps you do work for an organization that doesn’t have a healthy work environment and are looking for options.

Read this article to find out how you can make a healthy work environment out of your workplace.

How important is a healthy workplace?

A healthy work environment is a rich breeding place for healthy people. That is why it is very important that an organization provides a safe, healthy, and enjoyable environment for its employees – especially considering that these people are the most indispensable resource of any company.

While many employers attempt to get creative in creating a healthy working environment (Bay area tech companies are famous for perks such as sending employees out for a massage), simply dealing with the symptoms of stress is not a lasting solution.

What does a healthy workplace look & ‘feel’ like?

But what does being ‘healthy’ in the workplace look like? What does it feel like?

According to a study done by the world health organization in 2011, A healthy workplace is “one in which workers and managers collaborate to use a continual improvement process to protect and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of all workers and the sustainability of the workplace by considering the following, based on identified needs”:

world health organization healthy workplacesource: http://www.who.int/occupational_health/5_keys_EN_web.pdf?ua=1

Here are some tips to help you make your workplace a healthy working environment.

Being comfortable

They say that when you are in your comfort zone, you tend to do your work more effectively. Employees who work while enjoying each other’s company will have higher chances of producing high quality output. Being comfortable typically means truly the ability to be ‘you’, and being respected by employers and fellow employees alike

Having open communication

Establish an open line with your superiors. If employees can freely share their ideas with the management, then that is a healthy sign of a healthy work environment.

It is better to have employees who have opinions to share, rather than have employees who consistently follow, with nothing to say.

Realizing one vision and mission

Understand and deeply internalize your visions and missions as part of the company. If all the employees do that, then they can create a healthy work environment. The employees should follow the codes of conduct and show good work ethics and behavior in the workplace. They should also preserve professionalism and be united with the company in achieving its goals and targets

If people only stay out of necessity and not because they enjoy working in your company, then your organization needs to do something about promoting a healthier work environment for everyone.

Parting thoughts

Of course, much more goes into a healthy workplace than the 3 items mentioned above, but finding a company that recognizes and supports well being at all levels should be high on you list of ‘must-haves’.

We hope you find these useful. Happy hunting!

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