Workplace Well-being and the Power of Purpose

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Does your workplace suffer from any of the following…
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  • Poor communication between team members?
  • Low individual or team motivation (lack of meaningful purpose)?
  • Less than optimal relationships between team members?
  • Less that optimal relations between teams and leaders?
  • Unproductive stress?
  • Defensiveness and inability to receive feedback?
  • Hiding mistakes and shirking responsibility?
  • Gossiping and back stabbing?
  • Staff just there for the money?
  • Lack of accountability?
  • Lack of team unity and pride?

These sorts of symptoms indicate there is suffering in your workplace. If you deliberately foster Well-Being throughout your organisation these symptoms will diminish and even disappear completely. You can foster well-being at work in your team or the whole organisation.

Consciously evolving the workplace towards Well-being
When you begin to consciously evolve a team or enterprise, you turn heads. You create a refreshed, more meaningful direction. In that direction lies the promise of a new reality – one where…

  • Everyone is clear about, aligned and committed to the purpose of the team/business/organisation – ‘Our reason for being’ is compelling to all players.
  • Everyone is clear and aware of the part they play in the overall mission of the org.
  • Effective communication between adults is the norm and human relationships are nurtured.
  • The resulting teamwork operates at a whole new level where productivity and quality are hard to beat.
  • Leadership becomes largely about envisioning the future and steering the boat, and growing more leaders – a ‘coach approach’ to management.
  • Workplace Well-Being is the norm and adversity is navigated with grace.
  • Your organisation contributes to a better world for all.

Leaders in the 21st century have the opportunity to consciously evolve their teams, organisations, and communities as never before in human history.

 

So, Where to begin…

Step One – Look around the team/organisation, and notice how people are – really. You don’t need a survey to discover this. TALK to people instead. Get a sense of the state of general well-being in the workplace.

Step Two – Get a notebook and pen/pencil and take yourself away from busy-ness and stimulation…go somewhere in nature, and consciously slow down. Walk slowly or sit quietly for at least half an hour. Give yourself permission to have nothing to think about, no-where to be, nothing to do, all usual pressures will return at the end of ‘your’ time – phone OFF.

Step Three – Reflect on your own sense of well-being at work. What you want to leave behind when you are gone? Expand your thinking to include our whole species and consider where you will have stood as a human when you are no longer here. Will you be one that was mindful about the environments you created for others to flourish? Will you have cared?

Step Four – At the end of your reflection, jot down any thoughts, ideas, insights that come to you…if nothing comes, let that be. The ‘time out’ will be good for your brain anyway.

Step Five – Consider if it is time to refresh your team/organisation’s purpose – the ‘WHY?’ it exists in the first place? Reviewing your purpose doesn’t need to be daunting; instead it can invigorate the team charged with fulfilling that purpose and unlock potentials in everyone. This fosters Well-Being at a high level and other plans can emerge from there. Start with clarity of PURPOSE.

 

Amanda Fleming 


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Amanda Fleming is Director of Presenter At Large Ltd, an organisation dedicated to presenting highly stimulating and effective learning events that produce lasting positive results.

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