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27
Jun 2019
Why your organizational health is just as important as your Profit & Loss statement?

by Sharlene Massie

Organizational health is the new competitive advantage for businesses. It is becoming more and more apparent that businesses need to differentiate themselves in the market by protecting the health of their business at all costs. And by health, I don’t mean your P&L report.

Leaders need to give organizational health as much attention as their P&L report. By devoting five to ten minutes a week, key measurable results will start to surface.

I challenge you to give your business an organizational health check-up today!

Organizational health is not a simple concept. It is like a living organism that constantly manifests into different shapes and sizes. It can be as complicated as you need it to be or as basic as a smile on someone’s face. The great thing about your organizational health check-up is that you can make it your own.

There are various factors that you can look at on a weekly or monthly basis. These range from:

  •       corporate ‘big picture’ goals
  •       communication strategies both internally and externally
  •       management and leadership styles
  •       organizational cohesiveness between stakeholders
  •       autonomy of individuals or groups
  •       subcultures that exist within a department, team or floor
  •       overall morale and sentiment of employees
  •       productivity levels and innovative output of the business

The list is endless, and you will need to determine what is important to you and your business. Keep financials out of it and stay focused on your business.

I challenge you again to start to diarize what your organizational health looks like now and/or what you want it to be like in the future?

As Masters at Matching Culture, I place a high degree of attention on the internal culture of the business. First and foremost, our culture must be strong within our four walls. This will, in turn, be reflected through to our clients.

I devote 15 minutes every week to my organizational health.

After every staff meeting on Friday, I time block 15 minutes to do a quick organizational health check up on the business. I look at this time as if I was doing a condensed version of a SWOT except with a focus on organizational health components.

I look at the overall morale of the meeting. What was the energy level? I look at who was engaged in the meeting and who was not. I reflect on my staff and what is going on in their lives? I look at KPI outputs. I review some key emails that were sent out during the week. I spot check some employees with a quick, how are you doing at the conversation bar? I make note of issues and categorize them into ones that need addressed or if they are ones to just monitor. I schedule meetings with directors or set reminders to monitor key issues. I create a list of action items so that any threats or opportunities do not become stagnant. I stay on top of things.

All of this is bringing awareness to the state of my organizational health.

The organizational health of About Staffing is always an ebb and flow. There are no two weeks that are the same. The heightened awareness and action items that are created help organically strengthen the culture. I address things quickly so they do not become dormant.