April 9, 2014 1 Comment
By Linda Fisher Thornton
Have you noticed that well-being is trending? It’s not enough just to provide fair pay and good work conditions any more. People want to participate in something meaningful and work in high-trust cultures where they can flourish. They seek out companies that care about their well-being.
Making Life Better
Josh Bersin of Bersin by Deloitte predicts in his article The Year of the Employee: Predictions For Talent, Leadership and HR Technology In 2014 that we will need to “re-imagine employee engagement in a new, integrated way” and seek to create “rewarding, exciting and empowering” experiences.
Our workplace focus is moving toward promoting general well-being.
We are beginning to focus on the wellness and happiness of the whole person, and are more aware of the importance of measures of success that incorporate overall well-being. Gallup.com has a Well-Being Index that shows trending levels of well-being over time. OECD publishes an annual “How’s Life?” Report that goes beyond financial measures to evaluate social well-being and progress. The Happy Planet Index rates each country in the world on aspects needed for people to live long and happy lives.
Well-being is on the minds of consumers as well. Trendwatching.com comments in Internet of Caring Things that consumers will “lavish love and attention on products, services and experiences” that actively care for their well-being and the well-being of their loved ones.
The Ethics Factor
Positive, intentional management of ethics in organizations supports the overall well-being of employees, customers and communities. Ethics also gives organizational metrics a boost. When we treat people well, we bring out their best.
Ethical leaders support the well-being of those they lead and serve.
Happy people who trust their ethical leaders tend to be more engaged, more creative and more productive.
Paying attention to well-being makes sense.
In this case what’s good for employee well-being is good for the well-being of the organization too.
♦Linda Fisher Thornton is an author, speaker, consultant and adjunct faculty member who helps organizations Unleash the Positive Power of Ethical Leadership™. Her new book is 7 Lenses.