When employee health is key to business success and employers are actual leaders
While it sounds obvious, it is important to remind ourselves that businesses rely on the health of their
employees. Employee wellness programs improve not only employee engagement and productivity, but also
lead to strong brand awareness. Strong relationships between companies’ brand and its stakeholders have
become a primary source of competitive advantage. Great Place to Work certified companies are increasingly recognizing the importance of employee wellness.
Our business vocabulary corroborates this shift, with new terms like employer branding, brand love, brand trust etc. becoming the new “keywords” in business plans and on zoom meetings.
What we must do now, as managers and team leaders, is to align our approach towards our people with this new framework, in order to become the managers that we aspire to be. In other words, transactional leadership alone is not sufficient for business success. Motivation has replaced fear; empathy has replaced strict rules; retention has replaced turnover.
But what makes a good employer today?
The ability of managers to address what really matters to their employees and to create an inclusive, rewarding work environment is key. The more empowered and cared for team members feel, the more productive and devoted to their job role they become. Academic findings show satisfied employees pay more attention to detail, become better service providers and contribute positively to corporate image and word of mouth marketing.
In this context, taking action to boost staff’s mental well-being becomes self-explanatory: being individually balanced and calm is the cornerstone of team balanced performance. It is increasingly being recognized that the mental health of employees is a crucial determinant in their overall health and that poor mental health and stressors at the workplace can be a contributory factor to a range of physical illnesses like hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular conditions, amongst others. In addition, poor mental health can also lead to burn-out amongst employees, seriously affecting their ability to contribute meaningfully in both their personal and professional lives. It is so important, that employers encourage employees to engage in mindful practices before they feel emotionally challenged.
When we started working on the Solas VR meditation app, prior to the Covid-19 outbreak , we knew how important the implications of corporate mindfulness were. By the time we launched the app, things had changed and remote work made joint team activities even more urgent: teams need to introduce new rituals that would enforce the sense of community, especially when working remotely.
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