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Healthy Organization Characteristics Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Characteristics of a Healthy Organization

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


Healthy organi­zations have certain charac­ter­istics ingrained in their corporate culture. Recogn­izing and unders­tanding the charac­ter­istics of healthy organi­zations can help you detect problems in your company if it is unprof­itable and take corrective steps to operate a successful business.

Effective Sharing of Goals

A healthy organi­zation shares its business goals with employees at every level of the organi­zation. Management shares goals with employees and gets them on board with the mission and vision of the organi­zation. Employees and managers understand what is required to reach these shared goals and make every effort to achieve them.

Great Teamwork

Another charac­ter­istic is teamwork. Healthy companies know how to develop teams that collab­orate to achieve common goals. Employees and managers readily offer their assistance to each other to meet corporate object­ives.

High Employee Morale

Healthy organi­zations possess high employee morale. Employees value their positions in the organi­zations and desire to work there for a long time. Produc­tivity is high and organi­zat­ional events are enjoyable and succes­sful.

Offers Training Opport­unities

Companies provide on-the-job training and opport­unities for employees to enhance their work-r­elated skills. Organi­zations bring in other indivi­duals to provide necessary depart­mental and corpor­ate­-wide training. Companies also offer opport­unities to pursue certif­ication and continual education.

Strong Leadership

Good leadership is one of the main charac­ter­istics of a healthy organi­zation. Employees have good relati­onships with management that are based on trust. Managers know how to get employees to function together. When correction is needed, employees readily accept the constr­uctive criticism offered by leaders.

Healthy Organi­zation

Unders­tands Risks

Healthy organi­zations understand the risks they are open to and take the necessary steps to protect themselves against them. When an event happens due to organi­zat­ional risks, a healthy organi­zation learns from the event. Companies use precaution but understand that risks are necessary to facilitate growth.

Adapts to Opport­unities and Changes

Healthy organi­zations know how to recognize and seize good opport­uni­ties. Healthy organi­zations always look for opport­unities to grow. They also know how to adapt to techno­logical or operat­ional changes. They try to stay ahead or inline with changes in the industry and business enviro­nment

Clearly Defined Structure

Companies possess a sense of order and organi­zat­ional structure. The structure and order of the organi­zation does not limit innovation and growth. Employees do not mind complying to the company's order because they understand it and see the benefits of its implem­ent­ation.

Well-Known Company Policies

Organi­zations create and implement company policies that are readily available to their employees. Healthy organi­zations follow the policies and regula­tions of local, state and federal govern­ments. When employees or managers break policies, the issue is dealt with immedi­ately and in a profes­sional manner.

Handles Poor Perfor­mance

Companies confront poor perfor­mance instead of ignoring it. Organi­zations take corrective actions to improve perfor­mance. Upper-­level management values the input of employees who make sugges­tions on how to improve produc­tivity and achieve high perfor­mance rates. Companies may even bring in specia­lists to detect problems and offer solutions.