Creating Healthy Organizations by Graham Lowe

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Creating Healthy Organizations by Graham Lowe

Creating Healthy Organizations Graham's new book describes how to strengthen the links between people and performance.

Creating Healthy Organizations The Wellness Dividend

How employers can improve employees health and productivity.

Author Graham Lowe's keynote talk on How Vibrant Workplaces Inspire Employees

Watch Graham Lowe's talk at the 2014 ComCare National Conference, Melbourne, Australia

News & Analysis

Creating Sustainable Organizations: How Flexible Work Improves Wellbeing and Performance.
(Jan. 10 '11)

This new report, published by American Express Company and FlexPaths LLC, presents an innovative approach for integrating workplace health promotion, flexible work arrangements and employee engagement. Written by Graham Lowe, the report focuses on the link between overall wellbeing of employees, including mental and physical health, work and personal life integration.

The report provides new insights into leveraging employee wellness promotion, addressing underlying root causes of wellness and performance, expanding flexible work design, connecting wellbeing and employee engagement and fostering a healthy work culture.

Flexible work design is a substantial component in the report and underscores the importance of giving employees more choice and control over their jobs and work lives, trusting them to deliver and creating responsibility for results. This is a common theme in employee health promotion, work and personal life integration and employee engagement. Read or download the report at: For more information on FlexPaths:

Other new publications by Graham Lowe...

"Building healthy and sustainable health care organizations." Qmentum Quarterly (December 2010).

In this article, Graham outlines how health care employers can be leaders in creating healthy, humanly sustainable organizations. Read or download the article at: For more information on Accreditation Canada:

"Healthy organizations inspire learning and collaboration." Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD) Newsletter (September 29, 2010).

This feature article examines how healthy work environments support employee learning and collaboration. Read or download the article at: For more information on CSTD:


 Planning 2011 Learning and Development sessions?

 Consider Graham's new day-long, interactive workshop on How to Create a Healthier Organization. For more information, email or call 250-448-5636.


Strategies to Strengthen the People-Performance-Quality Chain
(Aug. 25 '10)

Graham's presentation at Health Achieve 2009, sponsored by the Ontario Hospital Association, explores the links between effective health care delivery and a healthy health care workplace. Innovation and sustainability in health care depend on better leveraging the dynamics of quality in all components of the system - especially work environments. Drawing on evidence and successful practices, Graham presents strategies to strengthen the "people-performance-quality chain". Click here to view the presentation.

Job Quality: What Is It, Why Does It Matter, and How Can It Be Improved?

Graham's plenary presentation at the Institute for Work & Health, Toronto, examines the diverse theories, concepts and practices that address the quality of jobs, work environments and individuals' work experiences. A common conceptual vocabulary is lacking, which impedes cross-fertilization across disciplines and between researchers and practitioners. The most promising opportunity for an integrated approach is around the connection between work environments, employee well-being and organizational performance. Click here to view the presentation.

People & Performance: Building Alberta's Future Construction Workforce

This discussion paper, written by Graham, examines how the global construction sector is addressing workforce development issues. It makes recommendations for how building trades unions, contractors, clients, government and other industry stakeholders can strengthen the links between human resources and industry performance. The paper was commissioned by the Building Trades of Alberta (BTA) and was the basis for a provincial forum on workforce development strategies, sponsored by BTA. Click here to view the report.

Coming in 2010...

Graham's new book, Creating Healthy Organizations: How Vibrant Workplaces Inspire Employees to Achieve Sustainable Success, will be published in April 2010 by Rotman / UT Press (a new business book imprint of the Rotman School and University of Toronto Press). A book website ( will be launched in early 2010 and you will be able to pre-order copies of the book from the site.

Obesity affects job performance
(Feb. 22 '09)

Statistics Canada reports that obesity among employees is on the rise and affecting job performance.

Work gyms lift mood and stress
(Dec. 17 '08)
Employees who exercise at work are more productive, happy, efficient and calm, according to new research.
Keeping the millenial generation engaged
(Dec. 12 '08)
Engaging the millenial generation requires managers to rethink their approaches to retention and mentoring, according to an article in Benefits Canada.
US hospitals attract nurses with better working conditions
(Sep. 18 '08)
More US hospitals are addressing nursing shortages by improving working conditions rather than giving nurses financial incentives.
Shift work takes toll on work-life balance
(Sep. 18 '08)
A new study from Statistics Canada examines work-life balance and role-overload of shift workers. Compared with workers in regular day schedules, shift workers are less satisfied with their work-life balance and experience more role overload.
The UK moves to improve workforce health and wellness
(Sep. 18 '08)
An extensive review of the health of the working age population in Britain has found broad consensus for a new vision for health and work.
UK study backs tax incentives for workplace health programs
(Jul. 30 '08)
Findings from the Well@Work pilot in the UK are leading to calls for government tax incentives to those employers who implement workplace health programs.
Some Canadians work during summer vacation
(Jul. 15 '08)
According to a on-line survey, sizeable numbers of Canadians do not get a complete break from work during their vacations.