How to provide a healthy work environment in a world in a hurry

Comment offrir un milieu de travail sain dans un monde pressé

Muffins to zucchini free, yoga teacher Wednesday, noon, summer hours that allow you to leave earlier on the Friday : well, we have done our part as an employer to ensure that our employees feel well in their workplace. And if we do deploy our efforts in the right direction ?

“All of these initiatives are little more that will counterbalance never a lack in the fundamental components of a healthy environment,” says Julie Carignan, CHRP, psychologist, organizational and consulting firm specializing in human resources SBP. If employees are stressed by a lack of resources to accomplish their work, or by the unavailability of their immediate supervisor, weekly sessions of meditation guided will not improve their well-being.

The DNA of a healthy environment and inclusive

According to Julie Carignan, a healthy environment consists of three key elements : a work meaningful for employees, a flexible environment and a space for dialogue of benevolent nature.

“A healthy work environment that enables people to realize themselves. They are considered as humans of their own : one does not use only their arms, or a fraction of their potential, ” said Catherine Private, CHRP and the founding chair of the Alia Board.

In such a framework, not a matter of criticizing an employee who leaves early to accompany the child to a medical appointment : the employer must, instead, demonstrate the trust that he grants to the employee letting them choose how to accomplish its tasks. In return, the employee shows his confidence in his colleagues who can assist him and his working environment that respects their needs.

“We tend to forget, but performance and well-being are peers. If everyone feels good, in its place within a collective whole, the results will come. ”


Julie Carignan, CHRP, psychologist, organizational and consulting firm specializing in human resources SBP

“The employer does not have to take on his shoulders all the health factors of its employees — they have an individual responsibility not to lose sight of. But it must at the very least to ensure a work environment that is not unhealthy, for example because of a management, controlling or from a lack of communication, ” explains Catherine Private.

Before you aspire to become a haven of healthy lifestyles for its employees, a green tea, will be included, an organization should analyze its practices in communication and its management policies : are they healthy, they also ? “We tend to forget, but performance and well-being are peers. If everyone feels good, in its place within a collective whole, the results will follow, ” says Julie Carignan.

The challenges of today

With the pace of life accelerated, and an avalanche of information to be processed and a competitive pressure growing, managing a business has never been so complex. “We can’t go it alone ! It is more important than ever to use the collective intelligence within our organization “, said Catherine Private.

The companies were wrong to deprive him of the power of the group. “Instead of being agile, many organizations today are rather rough : they bounce off everything, throwing to the left and to the right without deciding on priorities,” notes the founding chair of the Alia Board.

“One has the impression of always being in a hurry, then it takes more time, adds Julie Carignan. It sends text messages to the hurry in wanting to be effective. “Now, focus on the immediacy and the immediate results weakens our relationships, professional and personal. This constant sense of urgency has a negative impact on the health of the workplace, which is increasingly perceived as dehumanized.

There is little choice to cope with the pressure : “the competitive context requires, and it is not likely to slow down, prevents organizational psychologist. If the pressure at night in the middle of work, the solution is not to alleviate it by lowering expectations, but rather to better equip our world. What is really unhealthy for an employer, it is not to give its employees the means of its ambitions. “

Article provided by the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés

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