Guest Post: New Year’s Resolutions – Great for Your Workplace!
At the start of the New Year, marketers get busy. There is no shortage of advertisements promoting easy ways of losing weight, and fitness centres offering discounted and affordable membership fees. Every book store has a collection of literature filled with articles and resources offering tips on better health, work-life balance and financial management — all with the aim of helping people stay on track with their New Year’s resolutions over the next twelve months.
It has been reported that the most common New Year’s resolutions relate to:
- Healthy lifestyle choices – weight loss, more exercise and better eating habits
- Quitting a bad habit – smoking usually heads the list
- Better work-life balance – to spend more time with family and on recreation
- Getting finances in order, and
- Learning something new
Behind these personal resolutions is the desire to achieve personal happiness and to have a better, more balanced life. As most of us spend the majority of our waking hours at work, our happiness and sense of personal well-being has to be impacted by our time spent on the job.
Creating a healthy environment in the workplace should be high on the list of priorities in every organization. The alignment of personal and organizational goals is a key indicator or positive employee engagement that translates into greater productivity and business success. As the leading management thinker, Peter Drucker, observed “A 10% increase of productivity would double the profits of most organizations.”
It is true that there are boundaries between personal and professional life choices. But enlightened organizations and leaders are aware that programs that are supportive of their employees’ happiness and well-being are key ingredients in the mix of activities that foster business success.
At the start of this New Year, consider setting resolutions for your organization that support the alignment of personal and organizational goals of your employees.
New Year’s resolutions:
- Healthy lifestyle
- Physical well-being promoted through structured physical exercise programs for employees
- Healthy and nutritious choices in cafeterias, and
- On-site medical assessments to identify early signs of chronic diseases
- Quitting a bad habit
- Resources and tools that encourage employee engagement in their health and wellness
- Better work-life balance
- Mental health and stress reduction practices like creating policies on the avoidance of e-mail transmissions after business hours, and
- Enforcing vacation by requiring employees to use this time at least once every 12 months.
- Getting finances in order
- Partner with a pension plan provider or other financial services firm that offers on-line or otherwise easily accessible planning tools, financial planning seminars and easy ways of saving.
- Coach employees and support their efforts to be even better workers and improve their skills. In this way they are likely to gain a greater sense that they are contributing to the company’s success.
Finally, employee happiness and well-being are impacted by workplace conflict. Although some employees are more comfortable and accepting of disagreements than others, conflict at work adversely affects team building and productivity.
Accessing resources to support conflict management, setting ground rules for team interaction and behaviour and creating an environment of open, respectful communication are some ways in which organizational leaders can support employees in their quest for personal and professional happiness.
In 2014, what’s your resolution to make your organization a thriving workplace?