Tool: The Healthy Workplace (eBook)
We live in a culture where work defines the identity, meaning, and happiness for most adults. We are, perhaps unfortunately, what we do. Our workplace is where we spend most of our waking hours, and where, for good and bad, many of the key relationships of our lives are to be found. And for the great majority of us, work occurs in formal organizations designed to produce products and services efficiently and effectively.
In this eBook, Dr. Sandy Cotton argues that most people, given a choice, would prefer to spend their days in a healthy workplace where their contributions are valued and their personal concerns taken into account. Adults usually have invested a great amount of time and effort to grow beyond childhood, and they don’t like settings where they are treated as five-year-olds that need constant supervision and control. They don’t want to check their intelligence, experience, and ethics at the door when they begin their working day.
Obviously, organizations have to be effective at producing key products and services. But part of that effectiveness agenda needs to reflect a concern for the people who make important outcomes possible. In short, organizations need to be good at what they do and good for the people who provide the energy, skills and creativity that translate goals into results. A myopic focus on profits, production goals, or service excellence at the expense of workplace health inevitably leads to problems. When we create and sustain toxic workplaces, we mortgage the organization’s future and erode its human capital.