The idea of people as a source of competitive advantage has long been a mantra among HR executives and the authors of annual reports. Today, as the competition for talent intensifies the focus of retention efforts has shifted from individual employees to the work environment. As often explained by the publisher of this magazine, Vera Asanin, contemporary companies interested in winning the war for talent and acquiring and retaining highly skilled employees must shift their focus to corporate culture. Specifically, organizations that create healthy work environments that help employees grow, learn and feel as though they\u2019re contributing to something important are the ones that will thrive in the modern economy. So, how do you build such a culture? Kevin Kelloway and Arla Day (Saint Mary\u2019s University) developed a holistic model of healthy workplaces that presents key elements of a healthy culture. The model contains seven pieces and although not intended to be comprehensive, it offers a useful starting point for thinking about how to build a healthy organization with a vibrant culture. Safety of work environment: Traditionally the safety of the work environment concerned things such as making sure everyone on a construction site wore a hardhat. Although these material sources of safety are important, a healthy culture should also include psychological safety. That is, in a healthy culture employees feel safe to express themselves with no fear of embarrassment or retribution. In addition to improving retention, research shows that such cultures foster innovation.