Workplace Wellbeing is the next buzz I want to see in HR, and management in general. After working in HR for about 17 years now, I am anxious to see some serious changes. Changes in how we think about management, workplaces and the employer-employee relationship.
It still amazes me to keep meeting C-suite people who think about wellbeing and related topics as “soft” stuff. Maybe I´m just impatience. But I sooooo want to re-educate the mass of managers out there. Or to find some magic pill for them to swallow. I want them to realize that what they call soft stuff is really the hard stuff. You can read many new researches and articles that talk about wellbeing and related topics. And not only what it is. But show with proof that investing in workplace wellbeing will give you great ROI. Workplace wellbeing is, as you can see, what I´m so passionate about these days.
Why Workplace Wellbeing?
We spend about 75% of our waking hours every day at work, or on work related things. So how we feel at work, no doubt, affects our quality of life.
Employee engagement is going down. Employee turnover is going up. Maybe it is time to stop and think. You must know that when the orange is dry you will not get any more juice out of it. No matter how hard and long you squeeze. If you start thinking about employees not only as employees but as persons. If you start working with them on their 360° Success, in work and life. You will see more productivity and less employee turnover. More engagement and lower absenteeism. And so many other measurable things that affect the bottom line of organizations.
Workplace Wellbeing – who is responsible?
I am not saying that it is only company owners, or managers that should change how they do things. Employees as well must wake up and realize a few things. It is not only the company´s or the manager´s fault if you are not happy at work. Or if you don´t feel you can be your best at work. Or as my coach said to me recently, if you are not able to maximize yourself at work. Employees themselves must be willing to see their part in this whole thing. They must work on their wellbeing as well. So they can be their best at work.
My hope with this writing is that we stop blaming others. That we stop thinking about wellbeing as soft stuff. And that we just work together on workplace wellbeing for the benefit of us all.
Thus I´m hosting a conference on workplace wellbeing on September 20th, in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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