What is a Healthy Work Environment?

The answer will be unique to everyone – a workplace with a gym, a daycare, wellness days, cafeteria, no bullying or harassment, no time clock, etc. etc etc.

All those items above and many not listed can and will contribute to the health of an organization; Daniel Pink, author of the book Drive believes there are three key components of a healthy and prosperous work environment: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. It is my opinion that these components can only flourish in both physically and psychologically safe environments, but we can discuss those concepts another day.

So what do autonomy, mastery and purpose mean? Over the course of the next few weeks I am going to delve into each concept and provide examples of environments that do and do not foster autonomy, mastery or purpose.

I’d also like to learn what you think a healthy work environment is or should be. I encourage you to select one item, but if you must, select your top three. These results will be discussed in future posts.

I understand that my posts are somewhat diverging from what is supposed to be a physical activity blog; however, as I evolve so will my blog and writing. Physical activity is still an integral component of my life, but it is one component of many that makes me a healthy human being. Thus, it is important for me to discuss other elements of our everyday life and how they contribute to our health and wellness. I hope you understand. If you’re wanting more physical activity and nutrition information, drop me a line and let me know what it is you’d like to learn about.



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