Hi, it is me again - and today I have been inspired to write another post on #wellbeing at work.
Wellbeing at work is often disregarded or more accurately not paid enough attention to. As one of my best friends wisely pointed out, the more early career we are - the more challenging it is for us to separate emotion from work. This is not because the early careers cannot accomplish or complete the projects, it is simply caused by the lack of professional experience, and the more we advance through our careers - the more we learn.
It is for this reason that it is crucial to have a professional HR practice in place to make early careers feel welcome at the start of their professional journeys and to give them the guidance and structure that is much needed. In fact, it does not matter whether you are an early career or a senior professional - we all need guidance and support.
Wellbeing at work is not created by the lack of respect nor by defensive attitude towards everything that is being said. The employees need to feel appreciated, respected and heard - and this is what makes employees loyal to the company in the long term. Of course, it happens so that the company is in high season of activity and there is a general stress all over the company - but it's important not to project the stress onto your employees by defusing only half of the information. Trust me, we'd rather hear the bitter truth than hear the sweet lies and then find ourselves tangles in impossible deadlines.
As a suggestion, it is a good practice to have weekly check ins with your employees, outline priorities for the week and set out a roadmap for the quarter/month/year. It is also important to ensure that your employees have the space and time for their personal activities.
Honestly, if it was not for my friends (a big shout out to you guys) or for my family, I would struggle in today's fast paced environment. For someone who is organised and responsible - it is a challenge to follow the pace of the company with little structure.
In any case, this is just a little reminder to all of us out there that work is just work and we have other matters that are more important in our lives and all is relative, and one should prioritise their own well being before anything else.