ARTICLES - CREATING A PSYCHOLOGICALLY HEALTHY CULTURE

41 Ways To Improve the Emotional Heath Of Your Workplace

The emotional health of the workplace is important to the success of your organization.  If you want to be a winner in the global economy, you must understand the value of your workforce.

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):

How does this affect your bottom line?  The American Psychological Association offers these observations:

Promoting an emotionally healthy workplace is good for the bottom line.  It is also a realistic goal
There are four “Vitamin Cs” of an emotionally healthy workplace.  When your workplace has the recommended dose of these “Vitamin Cs” the emotional health of the entire organization improves.  The Cs are:

Commitment,
Challenge,
Control, and
Caring.

Commitment:

David Whyte, poet and organizational consultant says, “Anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small.”  The first Vitamin C of an emotionally healthy workplace is Commitment.  Employees need to work for something that is larger than themselves.  When an organization has an articulated purpose that contributes to making the world a better place, employees will commit time and energy to the workplace. 

Challenge

The Chinese character for “crisis” can be translated two ways, either as a problem or an opportunity.  The powerful truth is that optimism and the willingness to persevere are more important than intelligence or skill in success.  When we foster the sense of challenge in employees we bring out the best they have to offer. The second Vitamin C fosters a challenging environment.

Control

It's important “to be able to choose situations in your job in order to be more effective and to use your skills,” since “having control reduces the stress you experience.”  The third Vitamin C is Control. Establishing a sense of control is a key factor in reducing stress and in increasing productivity.

Caring

The conclusion of Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, leaders of a Gallup poll of 80,000 managers is that people leave managers, not companies.  How you treat employees makes a difference. It is the forth Vitamin C necessary for an Emotionally Healthy Workplace.

I am already acting on these items:

Commitment


Challenge


Control


Caring


My next priorities for action are:

Commitment


Challenge


Control


Caring