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]

www.softersuccess.com

Cara de Lange

Cara de Lange is the Founder & CEO of Softer Success, empowering some of the world’s leading organisations and their employees to proactively prevent burnout. Their powerful programme ‘Prevent Burnout, Find Balance’ enables individual clients and corporate teams to create a more harmonious, peaceful and productive life. With over 20 years’ experience in fast-paced multi-national companies such as Google, Reckitt Benckiser, Saatchi & Saatchi, and having experienced burnout herself, Cara is passionate about helping people look after their wellbeing & live a more balanced and joyful life. Cara is a sought-after keynote speaker on the subject of burnout and is regularly invited to speak at organisations such as Google, Box and the United Nations. Her book Softer Success: Prevent Burnout, Find Balance and Re-Define Your Success, published in 2019. Cara is an associate of and works closely with the International Stress Management Association (ISMA). She is also a member of the organising committee for International Stress Awareness Week.

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