The current evolving workplace requires accessing a balance among demands, available resources, and the impact it has on productivity and well-being. An HR professional can assist the organization in meaningful conversations about productivity without sacrificing employee well-being.
As reported by the American Institute of Human Resources (AIHR), there are four main aspects to consider when thinking of employees’ well-being;
Understanding that well-being exists on a continuum from “unwell’ to “flourishing,” and that employees can frequently change their perspective
Well-being consists of many facets including: physical, mental, intellectual, spiritual, social and financial which contribute to the whole person
Well-being is influenced by family, community, and society
It’s necessary to shift to the thinking that there is a responsibility of both the individual and the organization for overall well-being. Organizations are responsible for creating an environment which provides access to services that lead to and enhance well-being.
Most studies view the relationship between well-being and productivity as a direct relationship. Higher levels of well-being lead to higher productivity.
HR can help influence the conversation around well-being and productivity by:
Helping leaders set and communication goals that employees are expected to deliver on while providing the right level of support, tools, knowledge, and systems
Evaluating the organization’s vision of both short-term and long-term goals to ensure there is a balance on deliverables and expectations
Understanding the time commitment and approaches needed to meet and exceed goals
Working to provide the appropriate services for employees to look after their well-being, like an EAP.
Influencing the discussion around redefining a “good worker “ from stays late, is there first, works over weekends, to someone who manages a healthy lifestyle between demands and resources and aligns with their organization’s expectations. This may call for re-evaluating what is celebrated and rewarded in organizations
As an HR professional it is important to be aware of the differences between individuals needs of balancing work/life needs and those the organization holds dear. It is important to draw on your relationships with leaders to drive the conversation around well-being and the importance it plays not just on productivity, but the overall culture of the organization.