Creating Healthy Organizations: How Vibrant Workplaces Inspire Employees to Achieve Sustainable Success

by Graham Lowe

© 2012

The current global economic environment is defined by unprecedented uncertainty, a premium placed on knowledge, and the threat of future talent scarcity. Key to an organization's success under these conditions is its ability to strengthen the links between people and performance. Creating Healthy Organizations provides executives, managers, human resource professionals, and employees an action-oriented approach to forging these connections by creating and sustaining vibrant and productive workplaces.

A healthy organization operates in ways that benefits all stakeholders, including employees, customers, shareholders, and communities. Using a wide range of examples from a variety of internationally based industries, Graham Lowe integrates leading practices with research on workplace health and wellness, quality work environments, employee engagement, organizational performance, and corporate social responsibility to make a compelling business case for creating healthy, resilient, and sustainable organizations.

Creating Healthy Organizations offers readers, whether CEOs or front-line workers, an innovative framework and practical tools for planning, implementing, and measuring healthy change in their workplaces.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Imprint: Rotman-UTP Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 258 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
Product Formats

SaveUP TO 15181

Book Formats

SKU# SP002965

  • PUBLISHED SEP 2012

    From: $29.71

    Regular Price: $34.95

    ISBN 9781442614291
  • PUBLISHED SEP 2012

    From: $29.71

    Regular Price: $34.95

Quick Overview

Creating Healthy Organizations provides executives, managers, human resource professionals, and employees an action-oriented approach to forging these connections by creating and sustaining vibrant and productive workplaces.

Creating Healthy Organizations: How Vibrant Workplaces Inspire Employees to Achieve Sustainable Success

by Graham Lowe

© 2012

The current global economic environment is defined by unprecedented uncertainty, a premium placed on knowledge, and the threat of future talent scarcity. Key to an organization's success under these conditions is its ability to strengthen the links between people and performance. Creating Healthy Organizations provides executives, managers, human resource professionals, and employees an action-oriented approach to forging these connections by creating and sustaining vibrant and productive workplaces.

A healthy organization operates in ways that benefits all stakeholders, including employees, customers, shareholders, and communities. Using a wide range of examples from a variety of internationally based industries, Graham Lowe integrates leading practices with research on workplace health and wellness, quality work environments, employee engagement, organizational performance, and corporate social responsibility to make a compelling business case for creating healthy, resilient, and sustainable organizations.

Creating Healthy Organizations offers readers, whether CEOs or front-line workers, an innovative framework and practical tools for planning, implementing, and measuring healthy change in their workplaces.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Imprint: Rotman-UTP Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 258 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    'Graham Lowe has written a fantastic book on creating healthy organizations. Employers everywhere are looking for a roadmap to help them boost organizational performance by securing and retaining the next generation of knowledge workers in an ageing workforce. This book effectively addresses these issues. It is a must read.'
    Ed Buffett, President and CEO of Buffett and Company Worksite Wellness, Inc., author of the National Wellness Survey, and 2009 recipient of the Canadian Workplace Wellness Pioneer Award

    'This is the best book imaginable about how to create organizations that thrive by recognizing the dynamics of the human element. Graham Lowe is simply the most knowledgeable source there is on the intersection of employee well-being and organizational success. He stretches our thinking with enlightening evidence, and gives us a rare opportunity to transform both our conceptual understanding and workplace practice.'
    Sandra Burud, PhD, co-author of Leveraging the New Human Capital and Chief Strategy Officer of FlexPaths.com

    'In the face of global competition, modern offices and factories can become harsh and demanding places to work. Health promotion can alleviate the impact on employees but has only limited benefits for performance. This book is an excellent guide to how to make our working lives better while still helping businesses succeed. Graham Lowe establishes that the solution is to create healthy and vibrant organizations, and shows the reader how it can be done.'
    Francis Green, Professor of Skills Development and Labour Economics, Institute of Education, University of London, and author of Demanding Work

    'Graham Lowe takes a unique approach in his study of vibrant workplaces by broadly considering health and health promotion practices as useful mechanisms for achieving organizational success. Lowe has covered all the current topics about workplace health and wellness, organizational change, and business success, bringing them together in one well thought out presentation. This book is full of ideas and suggestions that will help you to create your own healthy organization.'
    Amy Lyman, Director, Corporate Research, Great Place to Work® Institute, Inc.
  • Author Information

    Graham Lowe is professor emeritus at the University of Alberta. He is currently the president of the workplace consulting firm The Graham Lowe Group Inc.
  • Table of contents

    Figures
    Acknowledgement

    Introduction

    • The Healthy Organization Ideal
      • Looking at Your Organization through a Healthy Lens
      • Helping Change Agents
      • Leveraging Where You Are Today
      • Learning from your Peers
    • Chapter Overview

    1 The Healthy Organization

    • Integrating Well-Being and Performance
    • Healthy Organizations in Action
    • A Healthy Organization Model
    • Vibrant Workplaces
    • Inspired Employees
      • Beyond Engagement
      • The Capabilities of an Inspired Workplace
      • Learning
      • Collaboration
    • Culture and Leadership
      • Culture and Leadership in Action
      • Better Workplaces
    • Sustainable Success
      • Stronger People-Performance Links
      • Healthier Employees and Communities
    • Making Well-Being a Priority

    2 Beyond Workplace Health Promotion

    • The Wellness Paradox
    • Health Workplace Pay-Offs and Potential
      • Wellness Returns on Investment
      • Healthy Lifestyle Programs
      • Addressing Chronic Health Conditions
      • Targeting High-Risk Employees
    • An Organizational View of Health and Wellness
      • Limitations of Workplace Health Promotions
      • Comparing Health Promotions and Organizational Perspectives
      • Leveraging Workplace Health Promotion
    • Organizational Solutions for Wellness
      • Rethinking Absenteeism
      • Present but not Productive
      • Healthy Psychosocial Work Environments
    • Talking about Health and Performance

    3 How Vibrant Workplaces Inspire Employees

    How Employees Experience Healthy Organizations

    Envisioning Vibrant Workplaces

    Envisioning an Inspired Workforce

    How Vibrant Workplaces Inspire Employees

    Focusing on Work Experiences

    Defining Good Jobs

    Healthy Workplaces through Employees’ Eyes

    Why Some Workplaces Are Healthier than Others

    Why Employees’ Perceptions Matter

    Closing the Inspiration Gap

    The Dynamics of a Healthy Organization

    4 Positive Cultures

    • What Is Culture?
    • Culture as Competitive Advantage
    • Unhealthy and Healthy Cultures
      • Unhealthy Cultures
      • Healthy Cultures
    • Culture Change
      • Culture Can Be Revitalized and Can Evolved
      • The Culture-Strengthening Process
    • Strengthening Values
      • The Importance of Values
      • New Values
      • Renewed Values
      • From Values to Behaviours
    • Revitalizing Your Organization’s Culture

    5 Inclusive Leadership

    • Leading the Way to Healthier Organizations
      • Leading at the Micro Level
      • Who Are the Leaders?
      • Widely Distributing Leadership Responsibility
    • Quality of Inclusive Leaders
    • Leading with People Skills
      • Gaps in People Skills
      • Follow-Through on People Commitments
      • Setting the Tone
    • Focusing on Leadership Behaviours
      • Living the Guiding Principles
      • Leadership to Build Supportive Workplaces
    • Leading Change

    6 Healthy Change

    • Getting on a Healthy Change Trajectory
      • Focusing on the Journey
      • The Role of Culture and Leadership
    • Five Principles for Healthy Change
      • Understanding Change Readiness
      • Aligning Structure with Culture
      • Linking People Initiatives to the Business Strategy
      • Widen the Circle of Involvement
      • Make Time for Learning and Innovation
    • Change as Renewal

    7 Sustainable Success

    • What Makes Success Sustainable?
      • Social and Environmental Dimensions
      • Human Resources Dimensions
      • Ingredients of Sustainable Success
    • Renewing Relationships with Society
      • Corporate Social Responsibility Evolves
      • The Changing Face of Social Responsibility
      • Good Corporate Citizen, Outstanding Employer
      • Making Sustainability Strategic
      • Vibrant Workplaces Support Social Responsibility
    • Renewing Workforce Capabilities
      • Workforce Diversity Strategies
      • Inspiring Three Generations of Workers
      • Long-Range Workforce Planning
    • Making Progress

    8 Measuring Progress

    • Using Evidence for Action
      • Practical Challenges of Using Evidence
      • Thinking Ahead
      • The Value of Qualitative Consultations
    • Measurement Tools
      • Measures
      • Tools
      • Design Options
      • Return on Investment
    • Using Surveys for Healthy Change
      • Survey Guidelines
      • Finding a Clear Direction from Survey Data
      • Using Survey Results for Leadership Development
    • Integrated Performance Reporting
      • Examples of Effective Performance Reporting
      • Triangulating Your Existing Data
    • Guidelines for Measuring Improvements
    • Healthy Organization Measures Are Good Public Policy

    9 Designing a Healthy Organization Strategy

    Notes

    Index

By the Same Author(s)

Related Titles