Employment has a significant effect on a person’s physical, mental and social health. Paid work provides not only money, but also a sense of identity and purpose, social contacts and opportunities for personal growth. (Provincial Health Council of Nova Scotia, May 2003)
A healthy organization is defined as one whose culture, climate and practices create an environment that promotes employee health and safety as well as organizational effectiveness. (Lim and Murphy, 1999)
Healthy organizations have:
• Strategic direction
• An enabling culture – which encompasses best practises in recruitment, retention, development, communication, benefits and compensation
• HR/health/safety/wellness practices that reduce health risks
• A corporate environment based on values of trust, fairness and respect
• Leaders who are concerned about their employees well-being, who listen and respond to input and who are open and honest about change Healthy organizations have employees who report high job quality.
The Canadian Policy Research Network outlines high job quality as including:
• A supportive environment
• Interesting work
• Adequate resources to do the job
• Access to learning opportunities
• Perception that pay is fair
• Reasonable workloads
• Practices that facilitate work-life balance
Has your company moved to a health organization mentality?
Is it important to your decision makers?
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