What are some ways that management can help support their employees in the workplace when it comes to health and wellness programs?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com December 25, 2021, 12:00 am ad1c9bdddf
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Management has a responsibility to support their employees in the workplace by creating an atmosphere that promotes health and wellness in order for the company or organization to do well. If there are any problems, the employee should feel they have a way to get help through the organization.
Management should support the feelings of an employee and listen to them. This will allow the employee to build upon a trust which helps build respect and empathy should a behavior become approachable. Stress is an issue an effective manger is aware of and any undue stress while on the job is unhealthy. Accommodations can also be made for an employee that may have a diagnosed mental condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar, ADD, PTSD as to the condition not being so severe it may cause unsafe working conditions for other employees and liability for the organization (1). When employees actively participate in health wellness programs, satisfaction (happy employees) within the organization is high as well as productivity (2). Diversity and safety ensures the employee will be more productive and provide a happier environment. Bond and Bunce assessed that locus of control effects mental health and correlates to the satisfaction of employees within an organization (3). Leaders in an organization are more effective and promote a healthy culture for example:
1. Share a wellness vision within the organization
2. Serve as a role model - participate and actively support a healthy lifestyle.
3. Align reward, communication and training along with health wellness.
4. Monitor Successes -recognize individual and wellness goals to promote progress.
An organization's healthy culture depends on the wellness of its employees and the involvement they provide to achieve a healthy environment. The employee makes up the workforce that drives the company so it only makes the argument more tangible when a leader is involved on a positive side of employee behavior (4). An employee that feels accomplishment and self-worth is more likely to bring home a positive and better attitude in the home environment. This can create a work-life balance that is a very important component to a positive workplace behavior. Organizations that structure a positive culture will have more success than those that do not.
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