The Oxford Dictionary defines well-being as being comfortable, healthy or happy. Comfortable just sounds kind of neutral, and is often impacted by factors such as heredity, diet, exercise, etc. We believe happiness is a factor in determining your well-being, and since we spend the majority of each week at work it is important to ask ourselves – Am I happy at work?
Ultimately, it is up to you to take responsibility for your own well-being. Of course, this is not just about your work or professional life. What you eat, the amount of exercise you get, the support system you have, and other aspects of your life outside of work impact your overall well-being. In fact, we know that most people, including you, will have, at some point in their career, challenges in their personal lives that will impact their work performance. Hopefully, not very often but stuff happens that is not in your control.
Today, we are focusing on your well-being at work since that is something you do have more control over. On a scale of 1 to 10, would you rate your well-being at work a 7 or higher? We believe that your well-being will go up as you increase the engagement of your employees and build a high performance team.
Being an Owner or Manager is Challenging
Let’s face it, managing a business and employees can be challenging. The world is incredibly competitive. If you are the founder or leader of your company, you may be trying to just stay afloat, to get started, or to grow your business. If you are a manager in a larger company, you probably have challenging goals, internal politics and issues, a manager or management chain that isn’t as supportive as you would like.
Navigating Challenges With a Great Team Will Increase Your Well-being
There is no magic wand that is going to remove all of the roadblocks and detours in front of you. They will be a lot easier to navigate if your employees are highly engaged and motivated to do great work for your business or your group.
How would having engaged and motivated employees make you feel? How would that impact your personal well-being? Here are some of the benefits you would personally receive:
- You trust your employees and they trust you. This is the foundation for engagement and improved performance. That trust is built through honesty and transparency about your own strengths and abilities.
- Your employees freely share information, ideas and alternatives. They are willing to engage in dialogue and debate to deliver better results for the business. As the saying goes, two heads are better than one when facing significant challenges. What about having 6, 10, 20 or 100 heads looking out for your business? That open discussion occurs because you encourage it, provide safety, but also rein it in as needed.
- Your employees commit to the direction for the organization and decisions that have been made. If they are managers, they gain the commitment of their whole team. That commitment is because you allowed your employees to understand and give their input on the direction of the team and their own work. You support their development and career growth to show your own commitment to them.
- Your employees are accountable for their own actions. And, they hold their peers and colleagues accountable. You have supported that accountability by clearly defining roles, metrics and expectations while providing flexibility as appropriate for self-management.
- Your employees and teams deliver the results needed for your business, and will go the extra mile on your behalf. You support the delivery of results by providing a framework to review key goals, metrics and results vs. plans. You ensure that plans are adjusted as business conditions change, but still demand attention to results. You recognize and reward the achievement of results and the growth of your employees.
Wouldn’t you feel better if you had this high performing team as you go into battle? How would your employees feel as part of this high performing team? Their well-being from a work standpoint would be high also. They would be happy going to work, happy about work when they go home, happy to share their great work experiences with others, and be more motivated to continue with your business.
Your Own Performance Will Increase
One of the greatest benefits of having engaged employees and a high performing team, is that your own performance will increase. Offloading responsibilities and tasks to your team because you trust them and they trust you will free up your time, energy and mind for other activities. It will also reduce your stress level because you feel good about the capability and performance of your team.
Next week we will consider another key ingredient of building a motivated, high performing team – hiring great employees.