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Workplace Culture

The organizational culture of a workplace has an influence on employee health. The "culture" of a workplace includes psychosocial aspects such as leadership style, management practices, the way in which work is organized, employee autonomy and control, and social support.


A positive work culture with mutual trust and respect will bring out the best in employees. A workplace with sound beliefs, values and attitudes will help support your workplace wellness program.

"My employees are people first. They have different needs and they have a life outside of work. As their boss I have to be flexible and support them and go the extra mile if I am to expect the same thing in return." - Amy Stiles, restaurant owner

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Create a policy that supports a positive workplace culture. This could include:

  • Building trust and demonstrating trust behaviours
  • Acknowledging worker health in your corporate statement
  • Committing to a balance of work, personal and family responsibilities
  • Ensure workers know about the policy and include it in new employee orientation
  • Offer workshops, lunch & learn sessions and training in trust building for managers and employees
  • Offer support for dealing with significant change in management, downsizing, or changes in working conditions
  • Train supervisors in communication and leadership skills
  • Use mutual respect as the basis for all workplace relationships
  • Monitor and discourage unpaid overtime; reallocate work to reduce workload
  • Learn about flexible schedules and work hours, and provide them where possible
  • Ask for input on workplace culture through discussions and surveys