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WELLBEING IN THE WORK PLACE


WELLBEING IN THE WORKPLACE is increasingly rising up the agenda in business I have watched that escalation for a number of years. It is my opinion based on working in many organisations with many people over the years that when it comes to the role of management, some simple techniques will bring about massive benefits and impact on wellbeing of individuals directly and significantly.


I am going to share with you what I consider being some of these techniques, and they are day to day management activities. This may require skill development through management training for some people as it does require behaviour change; it also requires a ‘willingness’ to want to change. For some leaders & managers reading below, it may act as a reminder to do more of the ‘good stuff’ now more aware of how it can impact directly on the wellbeing of the people they manage and have responsibility for.


TOP TIPS FOR LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT


• Setting People Up For Success – Ensuring people know specifically what is required of them, and by when – how will they be measured for success helps foster responsibility and empowerment in individuals


• Regular Feedback On Performance – reinforcing through praise positive performance, encouraging individuals to feedback on their own performance and delivering negative feedback respectfully. As Ken Blanchard (One Minute Manager & Situational Leadership II) states: “feedback is the breakfast of champions”


• Listening Effectively – The number one communication skill because we are listening for what is not said as well as what is said. Two ears and one mouth should give us a clue as to how we use these areas of our anatomy in proportion, yet how often do we get the balance wrong?


• Management Styles – How flexible are management styles and behaviours in the organisation. When does a manager’s preferred style turn from a strength into a weakness because it is used at an inappropriate time? How well are task and process skills utilised in the manager’s style?


• Impact Upon Others – More often than not it is ‘how we do things’ rather than ‘what we do’ that creates the impact. If we are unaware of our behaviours and in particular our non- verbal behaviours we may create great stress in other people at work


• Building Rapport & Creating Relationships – Building effective relationships and getting along with people and minimising conflict is important for most of us. Creating rapport is like ‘putting oil on the wheels’ it makes communicating and engaging individuals so much easier


• Building Trust – How long does it take to build trust? How long can it take to lose trust? Getting people to open up and share information about why they are not performing to the standard required for example is a challenge for many managers to handle effectively


• Recognising Stress – When does the positive ‘up for a challenge’ pressure situation become something else ‘I am really under stress’ and what are the signs that leaders & managers should look out for; not only in others but in themselves too?


• The Manager As Coach – Organisations need people to not only be performing effectively at the level they are employed at currently, what about what the organisation may need from them next? It is every manager’s role to ensure the readiness of the people resource and that their engagement and development is appropriate


• Corporate & Social Responsibility – There is a moral & ethical and legislative responsibility on all leaders and managers and they have a huge role to play in the wellbeing of the workforce. It extends much further than the workplace, individuals’ families, communities are also affected positively by adopting the above approaches


Any organisation that wants to enhance its wellbeing of workplace approaches must consider how well their managers manage ‘people’ issues and how much management development they have had. It is fundamental.


Gill Main www.turnkeysolutions.biz http://www.windenergynetwork.co.uk/enhanced-entries/gill-main-turnkeysolutions/


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