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Eight signs of a healthy workplace

Published 3 Apr 2019
5 min read
Happy workers in a healthy workplace

Happy workplaces are important. Everyone is inspired to come to work every day, there’s no gossip and collaboration is the norm. These are all signs of a healthy workplace. We’re breaking down exactly what having a healthy workplace means, and some great tips on how to obtain and retain one. Let’s go guys!

What is a healthy workplace?

By healthy we don’t mean clean, green, and having an office full of chai (even though that is a contributing factor a healthy work environment) – we’re talking about a work environment where staff want to come to work, they want to work their hardest, and at the end of the day feel good about what they are doing. A work environment that they can brag about, and one that they never want to leave! We’ve pulled together the top 8 signs that you’ve got a healthy workplace below:

1. People are inspired, not scared

One of the key signs you have a healthy workplace is when people feel inspired, not scared. A lot of business have big things they want to achieve in the world and there is scientific evidence that finding “flow” (that magical place where you’re being challenged but not overwhelmed) is the best state that we can be in. You want your team to come in each day inspired to change the world, being challenged and engaged by the business. You don’t want people coming in thinking they will never achieve what’s been asked of them and therefore, unwilling to even try.

2. People take responsibility

To err is human, to forgive divine and if your workplace embraces that motto then it’s healthy. No one likes to make mistakes, but it happens. In a healthy workplace, when someone makes a mistake, they don’t try to hide it and they don’t point fingers at other people. If people feel comfortable to take responsibility for what’s gone wrong (and get help from their teammates to fix it) then you’re in a good place.

3. People work collaboratively

In dynamic businesses, everyone needs to pull in the right direction to get things done. If you’ve got teams that are happy to work together on a project and are pulling in people with different skill sets from other teams to solve a problem then you’re on the right track.

4. People trust each other

Trust follows on from taking responsibility and working collaboratively. It takes trust to do both those things. If your people trust each other then they’ll truly be able to work as a team to better the business – a sign of a truly healthy workplace.

5. Everyone in the business knows when they’ve done a good job

We like to feel like we’ve contributed to a business. We also like to know whether or not we’re doing a good job. No one should have to wait for someone else to tell them if they’ve made the grade or not. If your people know how to measure whether or not they’ve been successful in their roles every single day, it’s a good sign that you have a healthy workplace. One way of making sure your employees know their worth is by implementing employee benefits. That way they can recognise when they are being appreciated. At Employment Hero, we believe that recognition is a really important factor of any great company – so we built a product feature that allows you to recognise team players anytime, anywhere. Check out HeroThanks here.

6. You can take down time and not feel guilty

Work hard, play hard right? But sometimes you need down time to recover. If your team feels they have the space to take time for themselves, like a sick day or actually switch off over their holidays, then it’s a clear sign that you’ve got a healthy work environment. Another great way to create a healthy workplace environment is by encouraging your employees to take regular breaks from their desks. Regular breaks will help increase productivity and concentration. It’s an easy thing to implement across your team, there’s even an app for it!Free apps such as Eyeleo which is a PC application that regularly reminds your employees to take short breaks to help with eye strain. Something we do at Employment Hero is create stations in the kitchen every now and again that allow our employees to walk away from their desk for ten minutes and enjoy something! We’ve done a ‘Healthy Hero Juice Station’ and a ‘Donut Day Celebration!’ as you can see below: Donut day celebration on Employment Hero Healthy Hero station at Employment Hero Our heroes loved these small moments! It should we cared, and got them away from their desks for 10 minutes of the day to just focus on something a little different.

7. People feel like they belong in your healthy workplace

There has been a lot of talk about diversity in the workplace but very little about inclusion. Inclusion means that everyone feels like they’re part of the team and that they belong to the business. If team members feel isolated or that their opinion doesn’t matter, this can inhibit their active contribution to the team and weaken overall collaboration within the workplace. It’s important to talk about and celebrate people’s differences, as often the success of a business is built upon the strength of the diversity within its ranks.

8. There’s no gossip or politics in a healthy workplace

Gossip and politics are the worst! If you’re in an unhealthy workplace, the office banter can very quickly turn into gossip and politics. It can be really harmful to the morale of the team and something that you need to nip in the bud really quickly. Informal communication like this can also have other lasting effects on your business;

  • Informal communication can’t be controlled by leaders or management, they have no say in what employees in their workforce are talking about or listening to
  • News can spread quickly; this is problematic if the news they hear isn’t exactly true. Before you know it, your whole business will be talking about something that’s not true. Employees also might take what they hear at face value before they know all the facts. This is problematic because it gets people spreading incorrect information.
  • The original message or information may change as it passes down the grapevine. Did you ever play Chinese whispers as a kid? Imagine that but on a MUCH larger scale. Informal communication can cause a message or business news to be distorted, making the end result in a big mess for you to clarify and sort out.
  • Informal communication can also cause and gossip and speculation within your workplace which isn’t good for morale and doesn’t constitute good company culture.

It’s perfectly normal to have disagreements or criticism (hopefully constructive), and conversations that are off the record but there are proper channels and processes to address these. If they’re being utilised and aren’t spilling over into politics then you have a healthy workplace. Book a demo today and see how Employment Hero can your workplace a healthier one. 👈

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