It should be simple: pay people fairly, treat them well, give them meaningful work, and they'll be loyal and productive employees for years to come.
Putting our people first is vital for their wellbeing, and aside from the fact that it makes good business sense, it's the right thing to do. With stress, burnout, mental health issues, health problems, debt, and addiction on the increase, a stressful workplace or toxic workplace culture can play a huge role in the mental, emotional and physical health of our people.
Everywhere I look nowadays I see something about stress and reducing stress. When my doctor inquired about my stress level, he seems shocked when I said "Zero". I guess most of his patients feel stress. I just don't. I have a friend who was nice enough to point out all the things that I should be stressed about, "kids, work, money". Thanks for that buddy, but nope, still not feeling stressed.
Can stress ever FEEL like a positive?
Stress impacts the body negatively, but are there times when it can be perceived as a positive?
Can we trick our minds?
While I was attending a Leadership Retreat (CTI) last week, we were asked to identify what we need to let go of, in order to become a better leader. For me, it was “letting go of the idea that people are idiots”. Of course, I don’t mean you, dear reader, it’s everyone else.
In a Utopian workplace environment, every employee would arrive with a smile on their face, diligently work on projects about which they are passionate, interact with and assist their colleagues, have a great relationship with their boss, and when the going gets tough they would roll up their sleeves and pitch in without a second thought.
In recent times, more and more attention is given to the importance of mental health in the workplace. We now know what is at stake when we don’t create safe, sound working environments. In Australia, mental health compensation claims annually cost $145.9 million and the resulting absenteeism costs a further $4.7 billion.