If you are a leader, and you would like your team members to flourish and your organization to thrive, I’ve developed a practical, evidence-based Leaders’ Guide to Fostering Well-being at Work. There’s no sign up required, you won’t be added to a mailing list, and there’s no charge.
This is something I’m passionate about (I know … don’t judge me) and for almost 30 years now, I have been working with leaders who genuinely care about their team members and making work a more positive experience.
OK … here’s a no brainer for you – When employees report high levels of well-being and life-satisfaction, research shows (see below note), there are many benefits to those employees and to their organizations.
Well duh (right?).
But have you ever considered just what those benefits for both the individuals and organization might be?
For the individuals the benefits of experiencing higher levels of well-being at work include:
- Increased job satisfaction,
- Greater resilience and ability to cope with stress,
- Improved physical health and immune functioning,
- Enhanced creativity and problem solving,
- Increased positive emotions and psychological well-being,
- Improved work-life balance,
- Greater sense of purpose and meaning at work.
For organizations the benefits of employees experiencing higher levels of well-being at work include:
- Increased employee retention,
- Increased productivity,
- Reduced absenteeism,
- Improved collaboration and teamwork,
- Improved customer satisfaction and loyalty,
- Enhanced organizational reputation and image,
- Increased profitability and financial performance.
(Note: The benefits listed are based on various studies and research in the field of positive psychology and organizational behaviour. A list of those references is provided in the Leaders’ Guide to Fostering Well-being at Work).
Research also shows the top 12 reported emotions associated with higher levels of well-being and life satisfaction are: Gratitude, Joy, Love, Hope, Contentment, Compassion, Amusement, Inspiration, Awe, Pride, Serenity and Curiosity.
Whether you’re a leader or not, I’m wondering how many of these emotions do you regularly experience at work?
It just makes sense if workplace leaders genuinely care about their team members, they would be looking for practical ways to foster these types of emotions, proven to be associated with higher levels of well-being and life satisfaction – and gaining all the benefits for their employees and for their organization.
But in reality, I reckon as you read this, you’d agree that type of leader and that type of workplace are few and far between.
So what to do about it?
I don’t have all the answers, however, if this has resonated with you, and again, whether you’re a leader or not, you will find my Leaders’ Guide to Fostering Well-being at Work of value.
If you do download it (again, there’s no charge and I’m not collecting email addresses or adding you to a mailing list), let me know what you think.