In our last blog, we discussed the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace. Mindfulness can help make life at work more enjoyable and rewarding. According to the 2017 Bersin Report, a major focus in the years ahead will be on human performance – a combination of how we think, feel, experience, and react to the world around us. People today are experiencing higher stress levels, pressure to do more in less time, and forced to juggle multiple priorities – all with a smile on their face. So, it’s not surprising to see employees disengaging and burning out. For example, researchers have found:
• Employee engagement levels today are no higher than they were 10 years ago
• Productivity in the United States after the iPhone launch has slowed (ironic considering the device was meant to make us more productive)
• Employees in the United States take 4-5 days less vacation now that they did in 1998
• Almost 40% of employees believe it is impossible to maintain a growing career and sound family life
How do we as managers and business owners make the work we offer one that encourages employees to perform at their best AND enjoy themselves while they’re doing it? Evaluating the work life we offer is a great place to start. What does our work life look like? What is good about it? What is not? How does our work life benefit the whole person? Here are two ways to help improve your employees’ life at work:
Find Meaningful Purpose in Your Work
Numbers on a spreadsheet are not the only thing that matters. We all crave to find a deeper meaning in the work we do. Help your employees find purpose in their work. How does their work contribute to the small and big picture (company, industry, community, self, etc.)? Although this is often a personal journey, employers can support the importance of discovering purpose. After all, your employees will be more engaged if they feel they have meaningful purpose.
One of the most common complaints I’ve heard from employees over the years from various industries is the lack of mentoring. Employees do not want a manager just directing their workload – they want someone who will help them grow, work through challenges, and find purpose. Effective mentors are perfect for this and go a long way in keeping employees engaged and excited about the work they do.
In addition to these ideas, ensuring your employees have access to the resources they need to be effective and keeping the lines of communication open are ways you can make life at work better. We spend a big chunk of our waking hours at work – shouldn’t making it a great experience be a top priority? We think so.
Do you need help finding ways to improve your work environment or culture? Email us or give us a call at 703-587-5615. Helping companies succeed from the inside out is what we do. We’d love to partner with you today.