Creating Healthy Organizations: Taking Action to Improve Employee Well-Being, Revised and Expanded Edition

By Graham Lowe

© 2020

How can you future-proof your organization by making it humanly sustainable? Creating Healthy Organizations answers this question, showing how to forge stronger links between employee well-being and the future success of any organization. The book makes a compelling case for resilient and humanly sustainable businesses by focusing on improving employees’ well-being.

Employee stress, burnout, work-life conflict, and disengagement remain significant workplace problems. Yet, there are important signs of progress. The healthy organization concept has begun moving into the mainstream of corporate wellness. Scholarly research has advanced beyond making a business case for workplace health promotion to showing how successful interventions are based on a culture of health and closer ties with occupational health and safety. More companies are addressing mental health issues, striving to make workplaces psychologically healthy and safe. Expanded environmental sustainability frameworks provide an opening for the more sustainable use of human resources. As well, extensive tools are now available in many countries to guide actions aimed at developing healthy, safe, and thriving workplaces.

These recent workplace trends and resources highlight the need for an updated, concise, integrated, and practical analysis of the challenges of creating a healthier organization, the hurdles that must be overcome along the way, and the key success factors that can guide the improvement process. Creating Healthy Organizations, Revised and Expanded Edition fills this gap in knowledge and practice, guiding those committed to making their organizations healthier.

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Creating Healthy Organizations provides an evidence-based, practical guide to strengthening the links between employee well-being and performance in any organization.

Creating Healthy Organizations: Taking Action to Improve Employee Well-Being, Revised and Expanded Edition

By Graham Lowe

© 2020

How can you future-proof your organization by making it humanly sustainable? Creating Healthy Organizations answers this question, showing how to forge stronger links between employee well-being and the future success of any organization. The book makes a compelling case for resilient and humanly sustainable businesses by focusing on improving employees’ well-being.

Employee stress, burnout, work-life conflict, and disengagement remain significant workplace problems. Yet, there are important signs of progress. The healthy organization concept has begun moving into the mainstream of corporate wellness. Scholarly research has advanced beyond making a business case for workplace health promotion to showing how successful interventions are based on a culture of health and closer ties with occupational health and safety. More companies are addressing mental health issues, striving to make workplaces psychologically healthy and safe. Expanded environmental sustainability frameworks provide an opening for the more sustainable use of human resources. As well, extensive tools are now available in many countries to guide actions aimed at developing healthy, safe, and thriving workplaces.

These recent workplace trends and resources highlight the need for an updated, concise, integrated, and practical analysis of the challenges of creating a healthier organization, the hurdles that must be overcome along the way, and the key success factors that can guide the improvement process. Creating Healthy Organizations, Revised and Expanded Edition fills this gap in knowledge and practice, guiding those committed to making their organizations healthier.

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Product Details

  • Imprint: Rotman-UTP Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.5in x 1.2in x 9.3in
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    "Graham, you have eloquently provided organizational and HR leaders with a framework for how and why to integrate employee health and wellness into everything the business does. Without healthy employees there can be no business sustainability; this is really not rocket science. Leaders have to stop talking about it and understand they have an important role in creating healthy organizations. Especially today, as the world continues to change, as mental health issues and isolation-loneliness continue to grow in our working population, as eco-anxiety increases, as geopolitical tensions mount, as financial discrepancy from the rich to poor widens, and as changes in AI technology shape the future of work. It is likely that being a human being will not get any easier. As you say in this book ‘…work is a determinant of health and health is a determinant of work.’ You have provided a vault of valuable information the reader can glean and learn as they read and reflect on your ideas and research."


    Dr. Bill Howatt Chief of Research Conference Board of Canada

    "Finally, we have under one cover an action-oriented review focused on the What, Why and How of integrating employee health and well-being into the organizational fabric of any business - to return value to employees, shareholders and community stakeholders alike. This new edition is a must read for every health professional who is responsible for providing business leaders with strategic and tactical advice on maximizing workforce well-being and productivity. Graham has provided us with a comprehensive evidence-based analysis, drawn from the operational experience of numerous multinational organizations, and laid out as a process roadmap for empowering imbedded leaders to create sustainably healthy organizations."


    Ken Lindemann, MD, PhD, Director, Corporate Medical Advisors

    "Graham Lowe is a national treasure. His insights challenge us to both understand the importance of improving the world of work and guide us towards the solutions"


    Cam Mustard, President & Senior Scientist, Institute for Work & Health

    "In this book Graham Lowe provides an authoritative & meticulously well-researched vision of what a healthy workplace can be. Employers today are confronted with a bewildering array of workplace health interventions to choose from if they want to invest in the wellbeing of their workforce. This book confidently guides them and other practitioners through this evidence towards some practical & pragmatic solutions which have been shown to work. It is much to Graham Lowes’ credit that he avoids the trap of over-medicalising workplace wellbeing by focusing on the vital topics of culture, leadership, job design and rehabilitation. This is an important book which should be on the desk of all those charged with responsibility of implementing a workplace health strategy."


    Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development, Institute for Employment Studies

    "In this updated edition, Graham Lowe has created an accessible and practical guide that is highly relevant to the current and ever-changing nature of work and workers, including those that fall outside the traditional organizational structure. Backed by solid research, consideration of regulatory and legislative developments, and practical examples, this book provides a comprehensive model to assist organizations to create a workplace environment that supports the physical and psychological well-being and engagement of workers, enhances organizational success and sustainability and meets societal expectations of corporate responsibility."


    Dr. Merv Gilbert is a Director at Vancouver Psych Health + Safety Ltd
  • Author Information

    Graham Lowe is president of The Graham Lowe Group Inc., a workplace consulting and research firm, and a professor emeritus at the University of Alberta.
  • Table of contents

    Figures 
    Preface  
    Acknowledgments
      

    Introduction 
    The Healthy Organization Ideal  
    Looking at Your Organization through a Health 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 Workforce  
    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  
    Healthy 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 Promotion
    Comparing Health Promotion 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  
    Cultures Can Be Revitalized and Can Evolve 
    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
    Qualities 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 and 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 Resource 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

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