As we enter the new year, many organizations are thinking about what lies ahead and how to make their business more successful in 2023. While we may often think of success in terms of profit margins alone, there are many other areas that dictate how success is achieved. The business is truly successful, including innovation, recognition, reputation, customer satisfaction and employee morale. The most successful organizations recognize that employees are the driving force of the business, and research shows that companies with happier employees are more productive, more efficient and more effective. This naturally leads to producing higher quality work and ultimately getting more work done.
So, what can leaders, team managers and people managers do to make a tangible difference in employee well-being and happiness? Here are 5 simple steps, which are as easy as ABC (don't forget D and E!)
Parallel thinking When there are clear goals, it creates a strong sense of synergy between managers and employees regarding goals, objectives, and happiness. And High performance thrive. Take time at the beginning of the year to make sure everyone is on board and rowing in the same direction to help create a cohesive workforce. Once employees know the direction they are headed, they are able to move forward and collectively address any challenges along the way. And don't forget to review your year's goals regularly and check back frequently to keep everyone focused.
Burnt – With hybrid and remote working continuing, it has become difficult to spot non-verbal signs of burnout. Be alert for colleagues who are burning the candle at both ends and make it a goal to schedule regular check-ins. Your colleagues' well-being needs will be as diverse as each individual, so make a concerted effort to figure out how you can support them. If they are clearly tired and overworked, try to take some of the pressure off of them. Help them plan their work further with realistic goals and deadlines.
It's important to make sure your team feels psychologically safe to discuss their safety with you, and that you understand they are working hard. However, you should not be the only outlet for well-being support. Hold group workshops on stress and burnout, so every employee knows the signs and can offer a helping hand if they notice a colleague struggling.
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Author: Dr. Adam Greenfield | Co-Founder of WorkLifeWell | Chiropractor | Wellness specialist
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