I was lucky to speak last week all around the country on the topic Tomorrow’s Workplaces and what the changes will be in organisations in order to achieve a high performing healthy culture. There are so many buzz words out there when it comes to people and culture. Organisations wanting a sustainable, empowered transformational culture, an empowered culture, an organisational transformational culture and a behavioural change culture so how on earth do we know exactly what it all means and which is right for us. I like to take things back to a simple level. Maybe that’s because being trained in educational psychology, I am interested in individual patterns of behaviour and how these impact on the wider team and then the organisation. Most change processes look at the organisation first and the people at the end – even technology and business processes take priority. I want to focus on the word ‘healthy” today. We are seeing more and more employees struggling with being emotionally healthy within themselves. Some of this is related to the way we as individuals manage our time, our day to day output and outlook on life. Organisations are finally waking up to seeing and believing that they must focus on looking after the emotional wellbeing of their employees but are not entirely sure how to do this. There has recently been the introduction of wellness coaches and yoga, calm rooms and even quiet tranquil spaces – all which make a difference but the leading question really is how do you maximise a behavioural mindset change across an organisation and have it last? Having burnt out I understand the importance of keeping healthy. I believe there are two key factors contributing to healthy high performing cultures.
1. Time is our only currency. I don’t believe it’s money but rather time. Time is the only thing we get, we use and we lose. As we get older, time becomes the thing we want to keep saved up in a bottle. Time to do all those things we couldn’t do when younger because we were always working. So if time is our only currency then why are so many of us spending it unwisely. Doing things we don’t want to do or overspending time at work because there is internal pressure to do so. Or even more simply accessible technology drives us harder to achieve so much more.
2. Offline is the new luxury. With the way we are working changing, 24/7 working and expectations high for immediate response times that are driven purely by online presence and the introduction of Gen Y and Z (soon) into the work place who have technology at their finger tips the challenge will become how do we minimise the online patterns to get the offline balance right? If we continue to work at the pace we are, there will be without a doubt, some significant health effects that will have a direct relationship on work outcomes and productivity and be left perhaps with the question, “What would I have done differently if I had more time?”
On Friday June 24th we are running our Auckland national workshop series Empowher day BE THE BEST version of yourself in your business or career where we will be covering the importance of these two topics in depth and looking at some actionable strategies to deal with being offline and managing time much more effectively. Check out the details for the day here