The organizational culture of a workplace has an influence on employee health. The "culture" of a workplace includes psychosocial aspects such as leadership style, management practices, the way in which work is organized, employee autonomy and control, and social support.
A positive work culture with mutual trust and respect will bring out the best in employees. A workplace with sound beliefs, values and attitudes will help support your workplace wellness program.
"My employees are people first. They have different needs and they have a life outside of work. As their boss I have to be flexible and support them and go the extra mile if I am to expect the same thing in return." - Amy Stiles, restaurant owner
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Create a policy that supports a positive workplace culture. This could include:
- Building trust and demonstrating trust behaviours
- Acknowledging worker health in your corporate statement
- Committing to a balance of work, personal and family responsibilities
- Ensure workers know about the policy and include it in new employee orientation.
Download the booklet Influencing the Organizational Environment to Create Healthy Workplaces
See the "organizational health" section on page 9 of the booklet Healthy Work Environments: A competitive advantage in today’s economy and labour market
Consider the 10 Policies Every Employer Needs, as recommended by HR Voice
Offer workshops, lunch & learn sessions and training in trust building for managers and employees
Offer support for dealing with significant change in management, downsizing, or changes in working conditions
Train supervisors in communication and leadership skills
Use mutual respect as the basis for all workplace relationships
Monitor and discourage unpaid overtime; reallocate work to reduce workload
Learn about flexible schedules and work hours, and provide them where possible
Ask for input on workplace culture through discussions and surveys