Ring in The New Year With Healthier Workplace Resolutions

The New Year is upon us and many New Year’s resolutions are being posted on mirrors and whiteboards everywhere. Hitting the gym three times a week or being more organized at home are great for one’s personal life, but what about some resolutions for the workplace? While many of us may think that our workplace is perfect, there are ways in which employees and employers can improve their work environment.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), a psychologically healthy workplace is one that “fosters employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance and productivity” (APA, 2015). It is also important to note that no organization is the same and they all embody different approaches to creating a more psychologically healthy workplace. Below are the 5 categories that outline a psychologically healthy workplace and some of the key ways that can impact employees and employers in a more positive and healthy way (APA, 2015).

  • Employee Involvement: self-managed work teams, employee committees, participative decision making, suggestion forums like suggestion boxes, monthly meetings.
  • Work-Life balance: flexible work arrangements, childcare assistance, eldercare, financial planning help, benefits availability, flexible leave options.
  • Employee Growth and Development: continuing education courses, tuition reimbursement, career counseling, skill training courses, promotion and internal advancement, leadership development programs such as coaching and mentorship programs.
  • Health and Safety: workplace safety guards, lifestyle programs to address health issues such as stress management and healthy eating, health insurance coverage, availability to use fitness facilities, counseling programs for mental health.
  • Employee Recognition: fair monetary compensation, quality benefits packages, performance-based bonuses and pay increases.

The final and seemingly most important area for a company to focus on is effective communication practices. We communicate daily, whether it is with friends, parents, children, coworkers or bosses, but the way that we communicate with each of these groups differ. Being aware of how we communicate with others is important, especially within the workplace. By communicating effectively with co-workers and upper level management, teams can avoid misunderstandings and engage in more meaningful communication if issues arise. There are two types of communication that are usually seen between employees and upper level management.

Bottom-up communication, which is from employees to management, works well because it allows management to receive feedback from their employees about their needs, ideas, concerns, and opinions. By allowing this form of communication, companies can have a better flow of innovative ideas throughout the company. The second way of communication is top-down communication. This is the communication from management to employees and is best used to make employees aware of programs throughout the workplace and giving them clear instructions on how to use them (APA, 2015).

As you were reading this article, could you identify any of the areas that your company excels at? What about the areas that could use a little work? Make a “Workplace New Year’s Resolution” and try to incorporate some of these ideas listed above and make them your own so that they work for your workplace. By using some of the ideas listed above, companies can increase productivity, job satisfaction, lower turnover rates and decrease absenteeism (APA, 2015).

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