Maintaining a Healthy Work Culture

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Maintaining a Healthy Work Culture
Rachelle L. McTeer
November 14, 2010
Amy Hakim, Ph.D.

A healthy work environment refers to an organization in which people are valued and priority is given to the multiple aspects of the workplace that affect employees’ ability to function well in order to accomplish the goals of the organization. Creating and maintain a healthy work environment is a shared responsibility of everyone in the organization, it is the particular domain of the leadership to attend to this environment, set a proper tone, and initiate practices that promote organizational wellness. This paper will discuss the importance, components, and effects of a healthy work environment; compare and contrast a healthy environment with a work environment that is not healthy; identify and define common mental disorders; and determine how those mental disorders should be effectively addressed in the workplace.

Maintaining a Healthy Work Culture
In the world of business, how people within an organization act as members of that organization has an immense influence upon the lives of all individuals and the productivity of the organization. An important step in understanding the influence that the behavior of people within organizations has on the many aspects of people’s lives is learning about organizational psychology. Studying the human portion of the working environment produces fair-minded plans of implementation to improve workplace conditions and productivity and assist in capitalizing on employee efficiency and satisfaction. As a result, the use of organizational psychology has become a prominent necessity within companies all over the world. Due to the growing number of competitors providing similar services and stressful expectations of continued success, having an understanding of organizational psychology proves time and again to be one of crucial significance.

The organization's base rests on management's philosophy, values, vision and goals. This philosophy, values, vision, and goals can be described as the culture of the organization. Leadership is critical to maintaining an organization’s culture. Leaders must set the example by living the elements of the organization’s culture. It is ever increasingly important that organizations put into place a system that supports employees through change processes, use methods to increase individual and team performance, and efficiently realize business goals. This practice can be known as creating a healthy work place and has been found to be an effective approach contributing to the bottom-line through improving performance, relationships, processes and the well-being of employees. It has been found that organizations that create a healthy culture have a healthy workplace and are more successful in job satisfaction and organizational productivity. Section One: Healthy Culture vs. Non-Healthy Culture

According to the Practice Organization of the American Psychological Association (2010), the overall goal of an organization should be to create a psychologically healthy workplace. Creating such an environment will increase organizational functionality and worker satisfaction.  One of the primary responsibilities of strategic leaders is to create and maintain the organizational characteristics that reward and encourage collective effort. The organization can foster this environment by incorporating employee involvement, creating a work-life balance, encouraging employee growth and development, ensuring health and safety knowledge, and recognizing employees. When the workplace is psychologically healthy there is increased job satisfaction, employee morale, and commitment. Moreover, increases in productivity, a reduction in turnover and absenteeism, better management of stress, and the ability to attract and retain quality employees are results of creating psychologically healthy workplaces. Creating a healthy workplace gives structure to the...
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