Your business is reliant on your people. Enhancing the personal and professional development of your employees is in the best interests of the company.
Taking a holistic approach to people management by aligning development with wellbeing and communication is the most effective way of enabling people to be the best they can be. Ultimately, treating people as people to enhance business outcomes.
Developing your skills and those of your colleagues will help to get the best out of yourself and your team as well as enhancing your role as a leader. Increased self-awareness and awareness of others is crucial to unlocking hidden potential and understanding emotional intelligence and behaviours.
Indeed, some of the most challenging aspects of business, such as conflict resolution, can be better addressed as a result of skills development, making you and your company more resilient.
Wellbeing at work
A culture that supports wellbeing is essential for people to thrive at work. Creating a workplace in which employees feel fairly treated, supported, safe and happy, is in everyone’s interests, as happy people are more productive.
Promoting wellbeing in the workplace needn’t be expensive or require a lot of resources. There are simple, straightforward steps employers can take to improve their employees’ wellbeing.
Mental health at work is a vital component of wellbeing and as employers, we have a duty of care for our employees’. Fostering a company culture in which there is an awareness of mental health issues and where employees feel comfortable having open conversations about their wellbeing is imperative.
In recent years there has been an increased focus on mental health in the workplace and rightly so, with the presence of Mental Health First Aiders likely to become a legislative necessity.
As well as being the right thing to do, from a purely commercial perspective, promoting wellbeing makes sense too, as poor mental health is estimated to cost the UK £94bn per year according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Indeed, poor mental health is now recognised as the leading reason for staff absence, according to the charity Mind.
The role of leaders
Low levels of wellbeing at work have been linked to poor management, so it is important not to neglect the development of managers and leaders within your business. Leaders set the tone for a company’s culture. Creating an ethos of wellbeing is impossible without a commitment from the leadership team.
Promoting wellbeing and development also necessitates effective communication. Respectful, impactful conversations are required for communication to be effective, and business leaders must be prepared to have these conversations, leading by example and from the top.
Aligning wellbeing and development with communication is the most effective way to enable your people to prosper personally, professionally and emotionally. Open, two-way communication is essential to building trust and integrity within your business and to facilitate employee engagement.
At Lindsay and Lang, our combined experience of over 40 years in human resources and communication, provides us with a unique insight into why a holistic approach to people management works best.
Our professional and personal experience, in addition to our qualifications, means we provide consultancy and training with authenticity and credibility. Align development, wellbeing and communication in your business. Begin a conversation with impact:
Fiona Lindsay & Louise Jenkins-Lang
M: 07703 203584 or 07838 247829