A company’s success is dependent on a variety of factors, and employee wellbeing should be at least top 5 on that list. Having a group of healthy and motivated employees will greatly assist your company in meeting its objectives. Given the current circumstances, this aspect is more critical than ever before, and the leaders above them hold the key to maintaining employees’ wellbeing.
Being a leader in the workplace entails more than just leading the company to success; it also entails taking care of every employee who works beneath you and ensuring that they are always healthy and safe.
In this article, Cahoot Learning will dive deep into why organisations need to have leaders that are capable of taking care of their team.
A Healthy Culture Starts From The Top
Leaders have never been under more pressure to navigate the evolving COVID-19 crisis while keeping their employees and customers safe and their businesses relevant—expectations are sky high. This is a watershed moment because the actions taken by leaders will determine the company’s working culture in the future. Moving forward, it will be critical to establish clear priorities.
Job satisfaction is a critical area in which businesses can create enormous social value and positive working culture. Because of the link between work happiness and overall life satisfaction, increasing employee happiness could significantly impact the company’s working culture. It will also increase profitability and improve the organisation’s overall health.
When it comes to employee happiness and creating a healthy working culture, leaders play a more prominent role than one might expect. Most of the time, the bosses and managers were the most stressful aspect of a job for employees. Those who have a negative relationship with management will have significantly lower job satisfaction than those who have a good relationship.
Leaders who lead by example will positively impact their employees, which in turn will give their all to ensure the success of the company and everyone involved. Building such a culture at the top can be challenging at times, but an organisation can achieve such a feat through a selective hiring process and/or providing leadership training.
Training Your Leaders
Compelling training is one that builds in multiple narratives and grants skills of the modern age. Providing effective training for leaders is crucial to the process of building a great company culture. Organisations need to craft a program for their people, to set them up to be powerful leaders that bring bountiful positive impact to the workplace.
There are various programs that can train leaders on how they can lead well. One of which is about role modelling positive well-being behaviours. This entails the importance of being human first, meaning showing vulnerability and authenticity towards the employees. They will see that their managers are also human and not a robot that only cares about results. Being human also means having a compassionate leadership style along with empathy. Leaders would be able to put themselves in the shoes of their team members, and in turn, they will be able to lead them without using an iron fist.
The next program talks about taking a proactive approach when it comes to possible employee burnout. Feeling burnout when working is a common phenomenon that has seen a sharp increase for the past two years. When this happens, leaders should constantly communicate with the employees and encourage a collaborative learning session. Employees would feel encouraged that they are not working alone and has the support of their leaders. This will help them overcome said burnout feeling and come back rejuvenated.
The third program touches on the psychological safety and belonging of employees. Leaders will be trained to provide an open and transparent culture that prioritises creating a sense of inclusion and belonging for all employees. All of these aspects will produce a team culture that is full of trust and commitment.
The fourth and final program hinges on why leaders should have an adaptive leadership style. Start by leading through changes and being grounded in the values one upholds. Furthermore, setting clear intentions and adopting an adaptive mindset early on will make headways in establishing one’s connection with employees. This would supercharge the leaders’ and employees’ careers through an adaptive leadership roadmap. Train your leaders to lead and lead well.
Transparency and Support
The role a leader plays in employee satisfaction and organisational performance contrasts with the simple measures needed to improve it. The fundamental elements are the same as any other human relationship, such as mutual trust, transparency, and support. These attributes create a supportive environment where employees can feel psychologically and physically safe and satisfied and deliver their best work.
Being a transparent and supportive leader is easier for people who are aware and comfortable of their own emotions, and how their actions impact others. Leaders must first help themselves before they can do the same for others. For example, sharing emotions or letting go of judgement is often only possible once leaders feel safe themselves.
Leaders who prioritise their own well-being can better help others prioritise theirs. The recipe for self-care will be different for everyone, but most often includes attention to diet, exercise, rest, and sleep. For many, mindfulness or other meditation practices are also powerful sources of resilience. This is a unique learning experience that, if utilised properly, will develop great leaders with the fundamental elements listed above.
When equipped with these elements, leaders would also be able to fully take care of their employees’ wellbeing, provide a safe space, and in turn generate more revenue for the company.
The wellbeing of employees can be determined by their leaders. Through these points listed above, there is no doubt that companies should develop their future leaders to become the best version of themselves.