Workplace Practices that Promote Organizational Health
Practices that contribute to organizational health are many. Creating a supportive organizational culture, a meaningful business structure, and effective work processes are essential in creating a healthy workplace.
However, a healthy workplace is more than simply having an effective set of business practices. Organizational health is truly created when an organization develops a set of practices that allow employees to function at their peak performance. These practices allow an organization to truly leverage its human capital.
The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program (PHWP) emphasizes five key areas that organizations should emphasize as a way to create a truly healthy workplace:
- Employee Involvement
- Work-Life Balance
- Employee Growth and Development
- Health and Safety
- Employee Recognition
Integrating these practices into a comprehensive organizational health program that is aligned with the organization's culture, structure, strategy, technology, and business processes can produce a source of competitive advantage.
Thus, a healthy workplace is not a one-size-fits-all prescription. It is a result of tailoring specific practices to meet the needs of employees while at the same time fitting into the organizational context. Specific practices within each area can directly influence one or more aspects of the employee resource allocation process.
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