How to Lead a More Human Workplace

A human workplace focused on employee well-being is crucial for maintaining and attracting top talent and setting people up for success. Here are eight ways leaders can create a culture where employees are healthy and happy.


The pandemic’s wake shed a glaring spotlight on the need to rethink the way we work. Burned out and exhausted workers left their jobs in droves, creating work shortages across industries, and forcing employers to reevaluate what they offer employees. But benefits alone will not solve this crisis. Organizational culture must change, and that is driven by leadership.

This shift requires more than advocating people-first concepts or work-life balance. As a leader this looks like channeling people toward a common goal, suspending self-interest, and building connections. People deserve fulfillment and opportunity. In a word, happiness. 

Wisely, 81% of workers are looking for workplaces that mitigate burnout and stress.  

The U.S. Surgeon General, a leading public health authority, released its first report and framework for organizations with the intention that “workplaces can be engines of mental health and well-being.” It guides leaders to create a healthier and happier workplace, equating to a more engaged workforce. If you’re a leader interested in implementing changes to your workplace, here is the framework the report suggests can help inform your thinking.

What is a Human Workplace? 

What we need more than ever is a human workplace. (Imagine…