Create a happy and productive environment for your people.
Better productivity, reduced absenteeism, and increased morale - these are just some of the benefits of creating a healthier workplace.
However, creating a healthy work environment is easier said than done. What actually makes a healthy workplace? And do you need to think about more than just your work surroundings?
In this article we'll define what a healthy workplace is, and we'll look at the benefits of this type of workplace to you, your team, and your organization. We'll also explore practical and inexpensive strategies that you can use to transform your team's working environment.
L. R. Murphy, a leading expert in the field of occupational health, defines a healthy workplace as "one whose culture, climate and organizational practices create an environment which promotes employees' mental and physical health, as well as productivity and organizational effectiveness." As such, creating a healthy workplace isn't just about safe, well maintained physical surroundings.
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