How to build a high well-being organization?
In a world that is consistently changing abruptly, organizations are called to stay nimble, resilient, and steadfast. Leaders are compelled to build and foster high well-being workplaces and cultures. Employees want to feel and see that they are valued in the workplace. The sustained level of uncertainty and stress guarantee that we will never go back to the way things were. Lives have completely changed – how has your leadership?
Read on to see 3 concrete ways to foster a high well-being organization:
- Communicate to all.
Well-being initiatives work best when it is from top leadership. So, maintain a strong and sustained leadership voice on the importance of holistic well-being. Clarify what holistic well-being is in your organization and consistently deliver the message, “This is important to us, and this is never going away.”
Programs and practices work best when all eight dimensions of holistic wellness are addressed – physical, emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual, financial, environmental, and occupational. When well-being opportunities are communicated and practiced holistically, employees can easily see how everything is organized to enrich their days and overall lives.
- Lead by example.
One of the most effective ways to improve well-being is to be surrounded by people who are making healthy choices. In an organization, this starts at the top. Modeling healthy behavior allows employees to learn and be empowered by their leaders.
Interconnectedness is another important aspect in sustaining well-being. Leaders can demonstrate this by staying connected with employees and how their lives are progressing. Weekly quick connections and check-ins can make space for meaningful conversation with employees, fostering psychological safety across all levels. When employees can be their authentic selves, they feel that they belong and feel safe to learn and contribute without fear – thereby creating a healthy organization.
- Re-promote well-being programs.
Never assume that employees are aware of what is available and beneficial to them. Take this as a chance to re-energize and re-introduce your organization’s well-being offering. Then establish a process that will allow for the scientific evaluation of the effectiveness of such programs. Both qualitative and quantitative audits can help assess which program predicts higher thriving rates. Ideally, every program or practice be held accountable for its usefulness and impact.
The workplace of the future demands well-being to be part of its core. Work is not just about a source of income, but a source of purpose and achievement, where it enriches the quality of life. While everyone is responsible for creating a workplace and culture of well-being, leaders play the most important role as catalysts for positive change. How are you using your opportunity and privilege to build a workplace resilient and strong enough for the future?
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