Satisfaction, motivation and commitment are three elements that all companies seek to awaken in employees in order to improve productivity and achieve goals. However, few of them know that to achive that trio it’s necessary to take care of the most precious asset that any organization has: their people.
In fact, the Cigna ‘s report 306º Wellbeing Survey 2019: Well and Beyond states that 72% of employees say their company does not provide health and wellness promotion initiatives. And, when we talk about mental health, this percentage increases.
When a company does not take care of its workforce, the consequences for the business are immediate: decreased productivity, dissatisfaction, demotivation and stress… the necessary ingredients for an increase in turnover and a reduction for the incomes at the end of the month.
Therefore, if we want to increase the profitability of the business, we must invest in the necessary resources to create an environment that can be defined as a Healthy Company.
But, what is a Healthy Company? And how can we know if our company meets the appropriate requirements? In this article we help you find out.
What is a healthy company
Healthy companies are those that have their employees as the cornerstone of all their activity and every day try to improve their state of health and well-being, both physical and mental.
A healthy company is more than just having free fruit in the office. This type of organization fosters the creation of habits inside and outside the workplace to improve the quality of life of its employees and create a positive work atmosphere that drives performance through creativity, managing emotions and teamwork.
Thanks to the application of this model, employees enjoy going to work every day without worrying about being part of an unhealthy and toxic environment, preceded by the industrial revolution where employees were not treated as people, but as a tool to exploit for the benefit of the company.
Now, for healthy companies, their people represent the most important dimension, and all decisions and strategies revolve around them. And what happens? Well, a multitude of benefits begin to appear.
Benefits of healthy companies
Employees who work for a healthy company are happy employees who enjoy what they do and the company they collaborate with. And that is noted by the organization with better final results.
Among the main advantages, stand out:
- Higher productivity. Working within a healthy organization increases satisfaction rates, which in turn influences employee motivation and engagement. A company with a healthy structure has fewer work-related accidents and fewer sick leave due to poor working conditions. So, investing in health is investing in efficiency and productivity.
- Talent engagement. Healthy companies use tools like Team Insights to listen to their employees and give them the importance they deserve. When employees feel valued, their loyalty to the company increases, making them less likely to want to go elsewhere. This in turn decreases the turnover rate and all the costs involved in starting new hiring processes.
- Improve brand image. A healthy environment fosters better development of functions and attention to detail. In other words: healthy employees don’t work harder, they work better. This allows companies to offer higher quality services, improving customer opinion and the appearance of new growth opportunities.
Ultimately, these three benefits of healthy businesses represent the keys to long-term success and sustainable business.
The 5 characteristics of healthy companies
How to know if your company is healthy? There are 5 common factors in all healthy companies. Measuring this metric is as easy as using Team Insights to design a survey that focuses on these 5 characteristics.
A healthy organization shares its goals with employees and involves them in strategies to achieve them.
Team managers understand the importance of involving employees in the mission and vision of the organization and employ all the necessary tools to align corporate and people in one unique shared culture.
Cooperation and teamwork.
Healthy companies know how to manage teams to collaborate with each other to achieve common goals.
This implies promoting good relationships between colleagues, camaraderie, good vibes and the certainty that there will always be someone willing to support whoever needs it.
Motivation and satisfaction
Healthy organizations know how to motivate their employees, making them value their jobs and want to work there rather than anywhere else.
Healthy companies are concerned with keeping their employees updated on the latest trends so that they can perform their duties optimally and satisfactorily.
This means offering professional development opportunities through training and scholarships that allow their teams to boost and improve their skills and raise the quality of their work to the next level.
Effective leadership is one of the main characteristics of a healthy organization. In this sense, managers can establish relationships with their collaborators based on honesty and trust.
In addition, they offer their teams the necessary autonomy so that they can take responsibility for their own tasks, valuing their contributions and creating a safe space where mistakes are another learning method, and not a reason to be punished.