The concept of a healthy organisation is a holistic one. Everyone is able to help make decisions and have an impact, and the potential of all employees is taken into account. This increases the motivation and dedication of everyone involved.
What does your company need to become a healthy organisation?
Many aspects are involved in becoming a healthy organisation. Of these, six are particularly important:
Market- and resource-oriented strategies:
Benchmarking is useful, but comparison with others isn’t everything. It’s much more important to answer the question of meaning, goals and concrete practices: Why do we do what we do? And what do we want to achieve? Do we have a business model that – as a learning organisation – can be continually developed?
Relationships on an equal footing:
Healthy organisations work with satisfied employees. This doesn’t require financial incentives, but rather shared values, relationships on an equal footing, trust and cooperation. This is what leads to a cooperative working atmosphere across all departments.
A communal culture allows shared values to be put into practice, worries to be voiced and taboos to be overcome. This culture should ideally be aligned with the strategy, as this enables it to be anchored in the company and also enacted with customers.
Healthy and dedicated employees influence the company’s productivity and innovation. Engaged employees work in an environment that they can contribute to and develop in, in which they play to their strengths, and in which they see their work as meaningful and feel valued. This works even without individual bonuses.
Structures are the architecture of an organisation. Adaptive structures are a key factor in healthy organisations, because they enable a high degree of speed and flexibility, and can be continually adjusted to the needs of customers.
Environmental conditions are continually changing. This is why companies require processes that are agile enough to be adjusted to each specific context. The key lies in the balance between flexibility and stability. Agile processes are implemented gradually, create a high degree of transparency and contain regular reflection phases. This increases productivity, improves quality and reduces business risk.
In daily life, we often focus on actions and look for quick solutions to problems. This approach, however, usually ends up combating symptoms rather than underlying causes. Healthy organisations rely on the attentiveness and foresight of their employees, who show greater creativity and ability to innovate, combined with the motivation to continue learning new things.