Why a culture of well-being is critical for performance in the workplace

18th Jul 2017
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To sum up our present-day workforce, there are three types of people at every workplace. The first category is of people who are satisfied with their job and love coming to work. The second category comprises people who don't hate their job, but the disinterest is obvious. The third category are the most dangerous to the health of any organization. These employees can't stand their job and can go to the extent of sabotaging their co-workers or company.

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It is for this reason that the culture of well-being is extremely important in the workplace. Well-being involves personal happiness, healthy and working safely and productively. While several organizations do assert the importance of well-being, but many don't put money where their mouth is. A system build upon employee welfare goes a long way to ensure your staff feel supported and valued, trustworthy and belonging.

Building trust

Trust building is important if you want your employees' motivation to come from within, rather than an external source. As a leader, trust needs to be your number one objective if you want to facilitate well-being. Trust-building can't be considered as a secondary or soft competency. Trust leads to continuous improvement and tangible and sustainable results in the marketplace. Without trust, every part of your organization can fall into disrepair.

Developing a sense of belonging

A workplace culture that focuses on well-being can help in determining how valued employees feel in their roles and subsequently how productive the organization becomes. When employers invest in building trust and belonging, employees are inspired to reciprocate with a greater sense of purpose.

Encouraging reciprocity

Reciprocity is strengthened when you're feeling supported and valued and this correlates to better performance. Social reciprocity is a means to effective collaboration - when each person brings their experience and strengths to the table. Reciprocity is a natural human response to feeling trusted, included and being heard. In this sense, each person shares what they can uniquely bring and receive what others are capable of bringing to a relationship. Economists believe that employers who are seen as fair and just by their employees generate comparatively more value due to the positive reciprocal behavior of those employees.

As founders and leaders, you must facilitate trust belonging and reciprocity to promote a culture of well-being within your organization. Doing this will not only help you boost productivity, but it will also create a healthy work environment.

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