Well-being is defined as the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy. I would venture to say that the majority of employees are not putting enough emphasis on their well-being in their careers. Does this sound like you? Are you just getting by in your career or are you thriving?
Not to make a bold assumption but I tend to think that most small to mid-size business leaders may not have this anywhere on their radar yet either.
Some companies, however, are looking to improve culture and are moving in that direction. The desire to combat the ever-increasing statistics of employee stress, tension and burnout is becoming ever more important. In a world filled with squeezing every bit of energy out of our team members, we certainly could be unknowingly guilty of contributing to an unhealthy well-being scenario.
It doesn’t have to be this way…
At Holmes, I have embraced the idea of a healthy work-life balance and strive to do what I can to actively promote it for our team members. By extending flexibility with schedules, workspaces and remote work options I have seen first hand the benefits for our team members. Just this year we unveiled a new PTO plan that has a generous personal time offering given to each team member…including birthdays off! The goal was for our team members to feel that they can take the time they need even if it is simply being proactive for their well-being.
The ability to disconnect and to feel empowered is crucial to being able to function in a highly collaborative, always-on environment. By honoring the well-being of my team I witness an increased level of focus, creativity, and productivity.
Even if you are not in a position to implement an overhaul to your benefits plan, you have other alternatives. This can often depend on your style of management but I am a big advocate of compassionate leadership. To find out more check out my Compassionate Leadership blog.
The traditional employer/employee relationship really can be transformed if you open up a little bit to new ideas. Don’t be close-minded and lead the way you have always led. The world and our workforce are evolving at a fast pace. Companies and leaders will benefit by practicing compassionate leadership and incorporating employee well-being into the company culture.
“An employee’s motivation is a direct result of the sum of interactions with his or her manager.”
Carisa Holmes has 25+ years of experience in leadership and office culture. She is currently an Owner and Administrator of Holmes Marketing Services. In her current role, she focuses mostly on Human Relations, Client Experience, and Office Culture. If you were to ask Carisa what her favorite component of her current position is, she would say, “I absolutely love working with talented people; I enjoy coaching and mentoring and watching them grow and evolve.” To talk to Carisa more about this topic, please leave a topic, or visit her bio page.