I’ve been writing this blog since 2007 and I have noticed a big difference in managers attitudes towards employee wellness initiatives.
Over the years I’ve noticed 3 distinct types of workplaces and I want to share them with you.
1. The first type is happy and full of ambition. Workers show up early for work to socialize and have coffee before work starts. They can’t wait to get up and go to work. Workers feel like they are an important part of the business and their ideas are welcome. Low turnover, low injury rates and savings on the bottom line.
2. The neutral low energy workplace is full of rules and they are heavily enforced. Everyone shuts up and does what they are told without question…even unsafe acts rise dramatically with this type of management system. Workers feel oppressed and get discouraged have no loyalty to the business vision and that can lead to loses on the bottom line.
3. The third type is fully dysfunctional. Workers at this stage are usually late all the time, don’t show up or get fired for a serious offences that results in high turnover. They are many times more likely to fake injuries or get hurt for real; sabotage and thefts rise as well. Usually this type of workplace exists in a union environment. Many losses on the bottom line with the dysfunctional workplace. Enough to close it down!
I am sure that those who read this can agree that most workplaces fit into one of these three general categories. I just hope yours is the happy one!