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Organization Health Survey

Organization health refers to the internal organisational climate characterized by the state of well being of its workforce. A genial, energetic and high yielding work force signifies a sound organizational health. Workplace wellness is essential for the success of an enterprise. A sound organizational health can be built through good communication between the employees and the management, equal distribution of power among the same levels of work, adequate infrastructure and facilities, effective utilization of resources, autonomy and control over the experienced employees, exercise of innovative strengths, unity between team members and collective desire to achieve the set of goals and targets. The state of health of the workforce needs to be positive and stable to yield high productivity consistently.

It’s not possible for the administration to examine the wellness of its workforce on a regular basis and trace out any grievances or weakness. If not redressed in the preliminary stages, a simple misunderstanding or wrong notion can completely aggravate the state of well being of an enterprise. A decline in the organization health will create dissatisfaction, low team spirit, lack of energy, confusion and conflict and finally lead to low production of work. Organization health survey is an effective method of evaluating the congeniality of its workforce.

Organizational health surveys are carried out in the form of questionnaires or direct interaction with the employees. The most popular form is a hard or a soft survey copy where an individual employee can furnish his feelings about the company through multiple-choice answers. A climate survey makes it easier and time consuming for the management to gauge the physical and emotional state of its human assets. It can make changes where necessary to improve the work climate and accelerate the performance level of its employees. A health survey is an excellent diagnostic mode that unveils the mood swings of its people. A fair weather boosts production whereas an unfair weather leads to decrease in the output.

Organisational climate survey helps enterprise to maintain a sound working environment in an organisation. A positive climate can be utilized to drive performance and achieve desired business goals. The business scenario these days has impelled the employers to recognize the need of surveying its inner climate. The behavioral attitude and the physical as well as the emotional state of the work force are two potential factors that affect the level of performance directly. Thus, a positive behavior and a state of well being are indispensable for the optimum utilization of the human capital.

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Posted: 07/02/2011 23:32:41

good survey

Posted: 11/01/2011 09:16:47


You must read - The Joyful Organization: Understanding Organizational Health, Diseases and Joy By Manohar S Nadkami, Imre Lovey with Eszter Erdelyi First Edition: 2003; Publication: Response Books, a division of Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd.

The book, focuses on the basic issues of organizational health, and of making an organization joyful. With a combined experience of over 60 years in the field of organizational development, the authors have developed and presented a comprehensive and holistic framework to analyze organizational health and diseases. It also facilitates an organization to grow to a stage of being joyful and thereby being effective in realizing its vision. The commonly held view that, management is all about identifying priorities and producing results in a short time frame is challenged.

The book, uses six criteria of organizational health:

* Balancing the main objectives of the organization
* Creating a sense of belonging;
* Minimizing entropy;
* Creating satisfied customers;
* Organizational growth; and
* Harmony with the environment.

The authors define organizational health as "the holistic condition of these six main criteria being satisfied to a high degree concurrently".

Posted: 11/01/2011 09:14:51

Dear Kundan,

I would recommend 'Organizational Behavior' by Robbins and Judge. Good insights and strong examples.

Posted: 07/01/2011 00:36:13

Good Article.

Can you recommend a Book on OHS and it's availablity.

Posted: 03/01/2011 22:54:39

In today's world everything measures on how much you are earning ? we give sophasticated name for it as "Proffesenal approach, However Human being is a social animal & Organizational health effects one & all.

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