Nurture the Heartbeat of your Organisation
We are living in unprecedented times where many businesses are changing, adapting, even completely pivoting but at the heart of every business are the employees – the thriving hub that makes the business human. Just as the heart is our main organ, pumping the blood around our bodies and keeping us alive so our employees are the heart of our business and if they thrive then the business can thrive. We need to take care of our heart by keeping healthy and looking after our wellbeing and in business we need to look after the heart of the organisation -, the employees. Now more than ever, employee wellbeing needs to be at the centre of an organisation.
Instead of focusing exclusively on financial results we should first focus on the wellbeing of employees. If we do this, then in turn we will foster engagement, productivity and ultimately achieve strong results.
A recent article in Forbes spoke about the trend to hire a Chief Wellbeing officer. Although there are only a handful around the world at the moment it is predicted that in the next 5 years many more organisations could be employing chief wellbeing officers who would sit in the C-suite leading a team responsible for purpose and wellbeing. In turn this may well define the choice of the employee on where they want to work.
There are other exciting initiatives which aim to take care of the heart of any business – its employees. The FLEXWORK Coalition was launched recently by Palo Alto Networks, Zoom, Uber, Splunk and Box with the vision of reimagining the workplace and making it more employee-centric. The FLEXWORK Coalition aims to create case studies and share learnings, culminating in an industry playbook which would help business leaders navigate the current climate while fostering a supportive, safe, productive and inclusive workplace for their employees. “This is just the beginning – our coalition is digging in deep to set out to define the future of work, and that future looks very different from the one we have today” says Liane Hornsey, EVP and Chief People Officer at Palo Alto Networks.
What can you do for your employees right now to create that burnout proof environment?
Step 1: Make Wellbeing at the centre of everything
Step 2: Incorporate resilience, wellbeing and burnout prevention training at onboarding level
Step 3: Survey your workforce regularly to find out the stress levels and toxicity and capture the voice of your employees
Step 4: Get people away from screens for periods of time throughout the working day to prevent virtual burnout and also physical problem
Step 5: Provide ongoing, caring support & training to help prevent burnout
If you would like to find out how to improve your onboarding and wellbeing plan or to help your teams prevent burnout contact us at [email protected]