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Signs of a Healthy Workplace
- Productive Atmosphere. Clean, functional and well-lit space. Good working relationship with all staff. Employees feel respected, appreciated, incentivized and rewarded. Signs of intimidation, bullying, sexual harassment, and fear are absent
- Livable Wage. Providing a livable wage encourages a committed and sustained workforce.
- Reasonable Accommodations. Employers and employees have to work collaboratively to identify reasonable accommodations (not special treatment) in the workplace for physical as well as mental disabilities. From changing physical work space and schedule to the use of interpreters or technologically adapted equipment, it can run the gamut.
- Health, Wellness & Environment. Provide a comprehensive health insurance plan including smoking-cessation, weight-loss, & substance abuse programs.
- Open Communication. Keep the communication process transparent. Creating an environment of open communication contributes to a more energetic and productive workforce where all employees can feel invested in the company.
- Employee Accountability. It takes two to make a healthy workplace. Employees have to come with a "can-do" attitude and be willing to support each other as well as management.
- Management Accountability. Allow employees to provide work-related feedback to their supervisors. It can be anonymous to avoid the possibility of negative repercussions.
- Work/Life Balance. We now live in a world where technology is available to keep us connected to work around the clock. Work options such as flexible scheduling, hoteling (reservation-based unassigned seating) or telecommuting ought to be implemented if applicable.
- Clear & Positive Values. Be transparent and definitive about what the organization stands for. People in as well as outside of the company should have a good understanding of this.
- Fitness. Offer a gym membership, fitness class or even just an exercise space that encourages employees to become physically active and stay fit. If possible, incentivize employees to access such services.