Creating A Positive Work Environment
A positive work environment is a key ingredient for ongoing wellness. Research supports three basic facts: our relationships at work affect our health, our health behavior influences those we interact with, and we can help each other to stay well!
For example, of all factors in the work setting, the quality of our coworker relationships is likely the single best predictor of our personal health. When we get along well and feel supported we are more likely to have positive health indicators. And the reverse is true. In several studies, low coworker support has been shown to predict stress-related disease. Also, we may sometimes know that our coworkers are having personal problems or health issues. These problems can be severe and include addiction, mental health, or a serious health crisis. We can benefit from knowing how to help or respond in such situations. For over 10 years, OWLS has helped hundreds of work groups and teams to learn such skills and create a positive, strengths-based, team environment.
We also want to support you in getting programs and tools to create a healthy team environment. You can start with our award-winning, evidence-based Team Awareness program. We have also developed Team Resilience (for young workers), Team Readiness (for the military), and Team Awareness for Small Businesses. Studies show that with these programs, you can:
- Create a culture of health; coworkers help coworkers to reduce stress
- Improve the climate of well-being
- Reduce personal and group stress
- Improve help-seeking and positive use of human resources
- Enhance supervisor responsiveness
- Reduce behavioral health risks
- Reduce stigma for self-care