How healthy is your organisation?

When we talk about an organisation’s health what we mean is that company’s ability to achieve its goals. And it does this within a culture that supports its employees whilst improving organisational performance. You can view these as two different perspectives but issues in one of these areas will affect the other.

Organisational Health can be broken down into the following ten areas:

Being goal-focused

Where your company’s goals and objectives are made clear across the organisation and are accepted and supported by all. Your employees will buy into these goals and become advocates.

Keeping communication channels open

How easy is it for someone in your company, regardless of job role, to talk to you? When you keep the channels of communication open, information can flow relatively freely up and down the hierarchical levels without being distorted or blocked.

Balancing the power

Maintaining a relatively equitable distribution of influence between you, as a leader, and others within your team will keep the balance of power and positively impact your organisation’s health.

Making the best of your resources

Look at the potential of your staff, your technology, your materials. Your ability to coordinate and maintain resources, particularly with your personnel, and with the minimal sense of strain, can improve performance.

Being part of a group

Encouraging the people that work for you to have a clear sense of identity with your organisation will make them want to stay. It also means that they are willing to influence others and be influenced themselves.

Improving morale

What makes you get up in the morning? And what would make your employees come to work every day? Both you and they want to feel secure, satisfied and happy with the work you undertake.

Encouraging innovation

When you allow others within your company, at whatever level, to be inventive, diverse, creative and open to taking risks.

Celebrating autonomy

Giving your employees (as well as yourself as a leader) the freedom to fulfil their roles and responsibilities will increase your organisation’s autonomy.

Being adaptable

How susceptible to stress are you? Tolerating stress levels and maintaining your stabil­ity will make you adaptable to meeting the unique needs of your company stakeholders.

Solving problems

How you and your company approach problems is indicative of its organisational health. If you can solve them with the minimal amount of energy, then prob­lems get solved, stay solved and your problem-solving procedures are strengthened.

Thinking a little left-field is the first step to improving your organisational performance. It will depend on you adopting a systems-based approach towards your company, its processes and what roles people have. This is then coupled with directing attention towards both your employees’ wellbeing and their satisfaction levels.

If you conduct regular audits of both your organisational health and staff wellbeing, your company can continuously learn how to improve itself.

How healthy is your organisation?

Take the Leaders Lab Organisational Health Check to find out