This short blog reveals the key to workplace wellbeing excellence and why it's important to rethink this business critical topic - a must for every CEO.
A global workplace wellbeing crisis is upon us. Well-meaning HR departments are investing in solutions to the extent that people are beginning to feel overwhelmed rather than supported.
CEOs are concerned that, in a time where resources are scarcer than ever before, investments are being made that don't actually deal with the issues. We know this because people talk to us.
Why is this happening?
Because many organisations have failed to understand that unless your culture is one of fairness, inclusivity, openness, empathy and support – at all levels – all the wellbeing solutions in the world aren’t going to fix things.
The one thing
The priority for all CEOs to ensure workplace wellbeing excellence and therefore lead everyone towards the best possible chances of coming out of Covid-19 as mentally healthy as possible, is to sort out your culture.
An organisation’s cultural DNA forms a core from which everything else flows (or should do). It defines what your organisation stands for, on what basis decisions are made and regulates how things are done. It acts as a barometer for the way people are treated and the support available to them.
How to do it
Defining your culture is about 10% of the work (and even then you might need to bring in an experienced facilitator to do it). The 90% is around embedding it, keeping it alive and evolving. There’s no quick fix and you can’t just tell people and expect them to believe and live it.
Our tips for ensuring your culture is conducive to workplace wellbeing excellence:
Bonus tip: invest in Wellbee to enable people to self-assess their own wellbeing and receive tailored support and signposting, whilst you uncover vital wellbeing indicators together with practical advice for improvement.
It’s easy to talk about wellbeing, it’s easy to provide a few solutions, it’s another thing to truly support it in practice. Many organisations are not culturally geared up to handle it yet – make sure you get ahead by making sure your organisation is culturally ready to support wellbeing across everything you do.
November 18, 2020