What is a healthy workplace?
L. R. Murphy, a leading expert in the field of occupational health, defines a healthy workplace as “one whose culture, climate and organisational practices create an environment which promotes employees’ mental and physical health, as well as productivity and organisational effectiveness.”
There are many benefits of creating a healthier workplace, some of which include:
- Reduced absenteeism
- Reduced employee turnover
- Improved communication
- Increased motivation and productivity
- Increased morale
How do you create a healthy workplace?
Our fundamental belief is that if you give your people a feeling of belonging and security, then they will be a loyal and committed workforce.
Make employee morale a top priority and create a strong community within your workforce. It is this community that will drive a multitude of initiatives, making your company ‘tick’.
The pictures below highlight an example of an employee initiative, which revolved around the 2012 London Olympics. This seen teams battle it out in a range of Office-Olympics. Among various events, there were foam javelin matches, skipping ropes, bowls and even ‘play doh’ modelling competitions.
This initiative is a great example of teamwork at its best, as well as promoting social value and morale within the workforce.
Often, morale can suffer due to the physical environment your team has to work in.
Think about your surroundings: the walls, flower pots, bins and other office items. Inject some colour and vibrance, decorate workstations with items relating to the latest initiative and celebrate your staff with picture boards of various social and corporate events. Having a comfy area with couches to relax on at a break makes a great difference, as well as recharging your staff both physically and mentally.
These factors create a fun and energising environment, which promotes productivity and motivation.
Who is responsible for creating a healthy workplace?
Every successful organisation needs a great leader. It also needs a role model.
Team leaders, line managers and CEO’s should be relentless in driving results and excellence within their teams. They should be passionate about their people and develop a culture where company’s Community is at its core. Success is a key word and people should be fully recognised and rewarded for achievement and actively encouraged to fulfil their potential.
Your company’s cultural code should be composed of the beliefs, values and standards of the people that form the workforce. This is the foundation for all actions and decisions within your organisation, departments and teams.
Here is an example of a Vision, Mission and Values statement:
Our Vision is to be the best in all we do for our customers, our colleagues and suppliers and to be the envy of our competitors.
Our Mission is to provide contact centre solutions that deliver revenue growth for our clients and which have a positive impact on their bottom-line. We will do this while achieving the highest standards of integrity, customer satisfaction and employee motivation.
- We put our customers and colleagues first
- We are professional
- We respect each other
- We work as one team
- Quality is a habit
How do you know you have created a healthy workplace?
Awards are a credit to your talented staff, who should deservedly be acknowledged for their hard work and excellent customer service.
A healthy workplace is based on business ethos and culture and the ways in which organisations can maintain high levels of job satisfaction, motivation, as well as encouraging their employees to lead a healthy lifestyle. Achieving this symbolises that your business is a people orientated company where respect amongst employees and rewards for success are a strong part of the company’s culture.