What does it mean to have a healthy work environment?
By Breea Gale, HR Business Partner, Trüpp.
A healthy work environment is a workplace where the rules and expectations are clearly set, and employees are empowered to contribute in a manner that allows them to remain in touch with their personal identity. In a healthy work environment, employees are productive, engaged, and equipped to handle conflict in a way that strengthens the team overall.
How do I know if I have a healthy work environment?
This has to do largely with your employees. A work culture that worked well in the past may become unhealthy when a company grows, and the demographics of the employees shift. To stay ahead of the change curve, make sure you’re keeping your finger on the pulse of what your employees do and don’t like. Isolate the activities your employees seem to enjoy and measure those activities against what works best for your business.
Your employees are also responsible for supporting a healthy work environment. For them to act on that responsibility they must recognize that their feedback, thoughts, and suggestions are welcomed. If a suggestion or idea isn’t implemented, the employees should know the ‘why’ behind the decision.
How do I know what my employees want?
There are several ways to collect ‘hard data’ on the preferences of your employees. You can craft and send out an employee engagement survey, utilize one of the many professional assessments on the market, or structure a company-wide meeting to hear ‘real-time’ ideas.
So, what’s an example of Trüpp taking initiative to contribute to a healthier work environment?
We know that our employees are our most valuable resource. To ensure our employees have a voice, we created a ‘Culture Club’. The individuals on that committee are responsible for reviewing our core values, speaking with their colleagues, and identifying ways to better align the personality and preferences of our employees with our core values.
Ultimately, the process of creating a healthy work environment is different for every business and it is something that needs ongoing attention. Communication is the most important key to making sure you create a culture that benefits the greater good of your team. If you remain open to feedback, make appropriate changes, and build upon the positive results; you are well on your way to maintaining a healthy work environment.