Why employee happiness and efficiency matters
The most talented people run away from poorly run companies and towards well-run companies.
In the new era of hybrid work, the core of successful companies lies in impact, productivity, and wellbeing.
Most employees report delivering on the productivity front, such as hours worked and meetings attended. But despite the evidence, most business leaders don’t see the hard work of their employees and are in the grips of “productivity paranoia”, increasingly turning to technology to track activity (invading privacy and increasing surveillance) when they really should be measuring impact and improve worker happiness, wellbeing, and peer to peer collaboration. An “employee happiness” program can improve employee engagement, productivity, and overall job satisfaction. These factors are crucial for the success of any organization.
As a business leader, there are several steps you can take to improve the wellbeing of your workers.
First, you must create a culture that values initiatives related to wellbeing. This can be done by you setting an example and making wellbeing a priority for the organization. You can also implement policies and programs, such as offering flexible work arrangements, providing access to mental health resources, and promoting physical activity. Another way to improve employee wellbeing is to provide professional development and growth opportunities. Employees who feel that they are learning and growing in their careers are more likely to be engaged and satisfied with their jobs. There is a strategy for wellbeing, and it’s called: PERMA; a successful organization makes sure workers experience Positive feelings at work, they feel Engaged, have friendly Relations with co-workers, feel work is Meaningful, and everyone has a sense of Accomplishment.
In 2023 most employees feel the burnout, and many are still impacted by post-pandemic stress: a result of being overwhelmed with tasks, unrealistic expectations, ineffective communication, an inability to keep pace, and economic pressure (layoffs, inflation, etc.,). They are also affected by the large amount of low-quality meetings. A growing number of CEOs are under great pressure to develop intelligent and straightforward solutions to urgently fix this problem, yet we have yet to see any solutions from big the players. There really is an urgent need to serve the market with software, AI and process optimization tools that reduce meeting-related tasks and repetitive work. Often their time is spent searching for the information they need from past meetings. Meeting decisions, pending tasks, and re-caps are often distributed only occasionally, which results in a lack of transparency and velocity. This can be fixed, and should be.
Understanding that employee well-being is not just about physical health, is essential. Employee well-being also includes mental, emotional, and social aspects. Employees are more likely to be engaged and productive at work when they are healthy and happy. This is beneficial for the organization as well as the employee.