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Creating Healthy Organizations: How Vibrant Workplaces Inspire Employees to Achieve Sustainable Success
Lowe, Graham
University of Toronto Press / Softcover / 2012-09-01 / 1442614293
Workplace / Organisations
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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.

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Reviews and Endorsements:

'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.

'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

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


About the Author:

Graham Lowe is a workplace consultant and professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta.

Visit the author's website http://creatinghealthyorganizations.ca/

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