Recent research suggests that only 20% of firms have in place rounded, robust and rigorous employee wellbeing strategies and frameworks, which could potentially hinder an organisation’s ability to full their fullest potential performance, productivity and profitability.
Our international experience in authoring, developing, delivering and leading such wellbeing agendas and initiatives suggests that where organisations do have such strategies in place, they are too often limited in focus, reactive and tick box exercises.
It is essential that such high impact wellbeing strategies and frameworks blend not just topical issues such as mental health, but on multiple though life, professional and personal pillars, encompassing medical, physical, financial, social, spiritual and aspects. Collectively, such a framework can proactively contribute to underwriting high performance cultures and organisational excellence. In short, organisations, especially those deploying teams and talent internationally, that provide rounded and comprehensive, safe, secure, rewarding, engaging and enriching professional and personal environments in turn also build resilience and esprit de corps.
Whilst many organisations, especially SME’s may initially balk at the associated potential costs, the practical and pragmatic operational and business benefits can show a significant return on investment. There is nothing new in such best practice initiatives. More than thirty odd years ago top flite firms on London had doctors and nursing teams visit premises to help support employees and reduce down times for example.
In an age of AI, machine learning and data prominence, the ability to acquire macro and micro level information against which personal and organisational strategies can be tailored to has neve been easier.
Comprehensive frameworks and strategies provide comprehensive support which in turn deliver comprehensive business benefits and mutual rewards and benefit.