Episode 6: Productivity through ‘Wellbeing at Workplace’
Article posted on 06 September, 2023
Author: Supratik Bhattacharyya
Step onto the realm of a modern business. The race against time is forever, and staying ahead is the name of the game. Now, imagine weaving through this a fabric of workplace practices that doesn't just talk about mental well-being, but embraces it like a secret weapon. Yes, you heard that right. We're no longer talking about warm fuzzies here, we're simply diving headfirst into a strategic imperative that turbocharges productivity.
We’ve established through experience that there is an undeniable symbiotic relationship between mental well-being and workplace productivity. An environment where employees feel valued, supported and psychologically safe, cultivates positive emotions like happiness, contentment, and enthusiasm. When employees experience mental well-being, their minds are clear and their energy levels are optimized, resulting in heightened focus and increased efficiency. Enough reasons why organizations must increasingly invest in physical, mental and emotional welfare of their employees.
Mental well-being acts as a buffer against stress, which is widely known to negatively impact all our biological functioning. It is also the most common productivity killer at the workplace. Individuals who are emotionally resilient are better equipped to handle challenges, setbacks, and tight deadlines. They bounce back quicker from stressful situations, allowing them to maintain their momentum and keep the productivity engine running a lot more smoothly.
A workplace that encourages mental and emotional well-being, is a fertile ground for creativity and innovation too. Employees here are more likely to think outside the box, they are known to collaborate and share ideas. When you nurture employees’ psychological safety, it emboldens them to voice their opinions and explore unconventional solutions. These factors not only enhance individual performance but also contribute to a collective surge in productivity.
Balance and wellbeing at the workplace leads to stronger interpersonal relationships. Employees who feel emotionally supported are more likely to engage in effective communication, teamwork, and mutual respect. This results in cohesive relationships that create an environment of trust, which is the foundation of efficient collaboration. When team members trust each other, they delegate tasks, share responsibilities, and capitalize on each other's strengths, ultimately elevating overall productivity.
Happy and well-balanced employees always exhibit improved cognitive abilities, including enhanced focus and sharper decision-making skills. They can concentrate on tasks without being distracted, so they simply get quicker and more accurate results. Such individuals regulate their emotions well, making them less prone to rash decisions driven by stress or frustration. This measured decision-making process contributes to better outcomes and heightened productivity across the board.
Organizations that prioritize employee well-being retain its people better. People seek workplaces where their holistic well-being is valued, beyond just output. When employees feel that their emotional needs are met, they are more likely to stay committed to their roles and invest their energy towards the organization’s objectives. Reduced employee turnover translates to consistent and focused teams that are dedicated to achieving their objectives, ultimately leading to enhanced productivity and sustained growth.
There is therefore, a strong enough business case for every organization to embrace mental wellbeing for employees and create a workplace where individuals don't just clock in and out; but they thrive, innovate and excel. When that happens, isn’t that going to be just lovely?