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5 signs of a healthy work environment

With many companies having to pivot to allow for remote working opportunities, the value of a healthy work environment has been brought into sharp focus. Considering a large portion of an individual's life is spent at work, the office environment is a major deciding factor in an employee's happiness, and ultimately in the organisation's success.
Image: supplied by Webhelp
Image: supplied by Webhelp

No business can truly flourish without prioritising the well-being of its employees. People aren’t simply looking for a job these days, they’re looking for an environment that offers a culture of support and encourages individual creativity. Whether this is providing work-based healthcare facilities, healthy food options or just a nurturing and inviting space, people deserve to work in a place that puts the well-being of the individual first.

Here are five signs that indicate a workplace has a healthy environment:

  1. Clear goals

  2. Everyone in the workplace, from entry-level employees through to the managers, are on the same page when it comes to company goals. There is a culture of open, honest communication that prevents behind-the-scenes discussions which can lead to a toxic environment. Because everyone knows what’s expected of them, everyone feels equally responsible for the success of the company and works cohesively to overcome challenges.

  3. Flexibility

  4. As the past 18 months have shown us, change can happen in a heartbeat and if the workforce isn’t flexible, then the future of the company is called into question. A team of visionary people working in a creative space will constantly be looking for ways to take the company forward. Tried-and-tested just doesn’t work anymore, so it’s important that the company encourages and celebrates innovation.

    Cathy Kalamaras, People Director, South Africa at Webhelp Image: supplied by Webhelp
    Cathy Kalamaras, People Director, South Africa at Webhelp Image: supplied by Webhelp

  5. Holistic support

  6. A healthy workspace is a supportive workspace. This means providing employees with the required training and ongoing upskilling in professional support. It also means attending to employees mental and physical well-being where possible. A company that offers healthcare options, psychological support and takes into consideration family responsibility is a company worth working for.

  7. Appealing workspace

  8. It might seem obvious, but a company that cares for its employees actually cares for the physical environment in which they work as well. Who can be inspired in a cramped office with drab walls, peeling paint, no windows and artificial lighting? A healthy workspace is one that is well-maintained and encourages creative output. Where possible, natural lighting, inspired scenery and indoor plant life are beneficial to mental and physical well-being.

  9. Inclusive environment

  10. Work is more than just work; it’s about interacting with different people on a daily basis. To get the best out of employees, companies need to break down barriers through teambuilding activities and company events, where possible. This gives employees the chance to get to know each other, and get to know each other’s strengths, in a different environment. This leads to more streamlined operations and a happier workplace.

About Cathy Kalamaras

Cathy Kalamaras, People Director, South Africa at Webhelp - a leading global consultancy and customer experience (CX) organisation.
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