Building Teams That Work

Conflict, Collaboration, and Failure

Digitalisation, the pandemic and challenging economic conditions have left individuals frozen in fear and panic. These current states of mind make it increasingly difficult for organisations to achieve their goals because their employees are stressed about their own personal circumstances or those closest to them. Current workplace environments need to take a holistic view on the importance of employee wellness and mental fitness so that organisations can increase their capacity to create, innovate and effectively problem solve to empower and enable growth.  Team building interventions can no longer be once off events, but rather form part of an ongoing strategy to support and empower individuals to take responsibility and accountability for their wellbeing. Employees can be seen as entrepreneurs because they are paid to deliver a service. They are even paid to take time time off. Often employees take for granted their employers and as a result they self sabotage their own wellbeing at the expense of the employer who is paying them to deliver a service. Both the employer and the employee should recognise and appreciate that they are meant to be in a mutually rewarding relationship.

What to do? 

“When troubled employees come to me with a plan on how to ensure their own wellbeing, I first help them learn how to create a personal vision board. It’s an easy tool that can be used to capture and communicate their personal vision. The second step is getting clear on their values, so they can identify what matters most” says mental fitness coach, Michelle Ashen.

This can be achieved by creating a culture where employees feel supported and aligned with the organisations vision and values. So how do you create a culture of wellness in your workplace? Well for starters you must acknowledge that wellness is about more than physical health. An organisation’s corporate culture has a direct impact on employee wellbeing. The organisations leadership team must be invested in developing programmes and activities that support an environment that is considerate and supportive of the employees sense of confidence in their professional and personal lives.

At the same time, employees need to recognise that they are in control of their own wellbeing and their capacity to perform. The concept of employee wellness is not new. An early pioneer in this field was Frederick Winslow Taylor who invented ‘Time and Motion Studies’. He wanted to discover the secret of productive efficiency that brought the highest financial return to his employers which led to his employers having a competitive advantage over their competitors.

So as you can see, there is no shortage of reasons why companies should be looking to invest in employee wellness initiatives.

But how do you get people to buy in?

Well that’s where the power of experiential learning comes in!

We all learn better by doing. We learn best when we apply the theories we are learning towards solving a practical problem.

When this is not the case the relationship is destined to breakdown. People who are empowered do not just think they are; they are in fact, empowered! The distinction between empowerment and empowerment is that the latter has a quality of endurance.

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