Six things organizations need to be future-proofed for change

NANAIMO, BC, June 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The Health Work & Wellness™ Group, experts in creating better workplaces, have identified six business elements that are found in extraordinary organizations around the world.

"The common elements that make organizations extraordinary also future-proof them for economic and demographic changes," said Deborah Connors, founder, The Health Work & Wellness™ Group. "The key is engaged and healthy employees who are motivated to help the organization succeed."

According to recent studies, more than half of Canadian organizations are striving to improve the working experience and overall well-being of their employees, with good reason.

"Extraordinary organizations cost less to operate and succeed more often because they have an empowered workforce," said Connors. "That alone gives them the ability to adapt faster than their competition when there are changes in the marketplace or the economy."

The six elements of an extraordinary organization include:

  1. A Continuous Process - creating a better workplace is not a race to the finish but an ongoing process that must always be a high priority.
  2. Linked to Strategic Goals - rather than create stand-alone programs, creating a better workplace must be part of an overall business strategy to be effective.
  3. Visible Leadership - employees will be more inclined to help create a better workplace if they see it in action from their leaders.
  4. Supportive Culture and Values - for people to be at their best, they need a culture that truly values and supports their well-being.
  5. Health Promoting - rather than solely focusing on illness prevention and disability management, the companies that are most successful concentrate their efforts on creating environments that promote positive mental, emotional and physical health.
  6. Fulfilling Relationships - trusting and respectful relationships are one of the cornerstones to employee well-being.

"Creating a better workplace is not a one-size-fits-all situation," said Connors. "Each organization has to approach it differently, but knowing what to strive for to be successful is a good starting place."

Connors is also the founder of The Better Workplace Conference, taking place in Vancouver in October 2012 where business leaders from as far away as Australia will come together to find creative solutions to their specific workplace challenges.  Keynote speakers include Europe's leading expert on healthcare leadership, Dr. Michael West and Dr. Robert Quinn, Bestselling author and international organizational development expert.

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About The Better Workplace Conference:

The 16th annual Better Workplace Conference (formerly the Health Work & Wellness™ Conference) will be held in Vancouver, BC from October 16 to 18, 2012 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.  Designed to address issues, trends and opportunities in today's organizations, the conference attracts leaders from across North America and beyond who come to learn how to create positive change for better performance in their organizations.

About Health Work & Wellness™ Group

The Health Work & Wellness™ Group is a dedicated group of organizational health professionals who are passionate about creating a better place to work. They present opportunities for education, dialogue and inspiration, with their most well-known event being the annual national conference on creating a better workplace. They are a leading resource for information, tools and strategies, and a year-round forum for innovation and idea exchange.

SOURCE Health Work Wellness Group Inc.

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