The emotional health of its employees is a key predictor of an organistion’s growth
No matter how big or small, every company wants to be “successful”. While the term might mean something different to each organisation, it can’t be denied that behind every successful company is a productive workforce.
Studies have shown that productivity is no longer just a function of skill and talent. A productive employee is one who is also able handle work pressure, negotiate conflict, deal with disruptions and effectively balance work with his/her personal life – all of which are key traits of an emotionally healthy person.
Key markers of emotional well-being:
Resilience: The ability to handle work pressure without feeling overwhelmed or breaking down; essential for senior-level or high-stress positions.
High EQ: Those who rate higher on emotional quotient are able to better manage difficult emotions without getting overcome by them; ideal for team management or client-facing roles where emotional stability is essential for dealing different types of people.
Self-awareness: Cognizant of their strengths, weaknesses and stress triggers; important for growth-oriented roles where focus on constant self-improvement is imperative.
Adaptable: Equipped with effective coping strategies that help adjust quickly to change; critical for fast-growing organisations, such as start-ups, where change is constant.
What organisations can do to create a productive workforce:
Recruit smart: Incorporate psychological assessments in the recruitment process to check for markers of emotional well-being (mentioned above). If you hire right, the productivity of your workforce will automatically shoot up.
Internal assessments: Conduct regular assessments for existing employees to monitor their stress and anxiety levels. Such assessments can help catch potential productivity losses by identifying employees who might need extra support.
Corporate wellness programmes: Implement a wellness initiative in your organisation that can train employees on stress management and coping through the medium of workshops and personal coaching. Employees who experience lower levels of stress perform better and are less likely to take leaves of absence.
Encourage emotional well-being: Cultivate a company culture where emotional health is given as much importance as physical well-being. Encourage people to seek professional help to manage personal stressors and create a healthy, balanced life. A healthier workforce is likely to be more engaged with work.
With a spotlight on employee well-being and workplace wellness, companies can ensure that their path to success is well-paved and profitable.