It is proven that putting employee well-being at the heart of everything is the solution. Yet Leadership is under pressure to deliver more with less and boost performance to achieve targets, this driver in itself creates a battle between well-being and performance

Does your HR analytic data flag up issues around:-

  • Presenteeism
  • Poor productivity 
  • Reduced Attendance
  • Retention of staff
  • Rates of Non-compliance/accidents

Enabling your employee value proposition with neuroscience-based Wellbeing programs could be the solution.

It is proven that putting employee well-being at the heart of everything is the solution. Yet Leadership is under pressure to deliver more with less and boost performance to achieve targets, this driver in itself creates a battle between well-being and performance

Less than 10% of employees feel comfortable talking about depression, or their inability to cope with unacceptable work pressures. No wonder performance is down (Bowcott, 2017). According to the 2017 Thriving at Work report (Department of Works and Pensions, 2017), there is a strong link between mental health (wellbeing) and productivity.  If people can’t connect and openly discuss their emotions, Presenteeism will continue to rise. Presenteeism, or going to work whilst ill, currently costs more than £4000 per employee annually according to research by Nottingham Business School (Whysall, Bowden and Hewitt, 2018). Many line managers and HR directors are simply not well equipped enough to recognise new issues and stressors that have arisen due to the changing work environment.

In this digital age, workplaces are radically changing. Communication between employees is no longer face to face, but online, which is improving workplace efficiencies, but creating stress in our employees. Parts of our brains are still wired for Prehistoric times Evolution has yet to catch up! We are feeling the emotions triggered by the uncertainty of change and mis-experiencing them as a mortal danger. Stress responses are creating overwhelm the neurochemical effect is affecting all our abilities, cognitive and mechanical processes.

 

What can we do for our teams?

Providing an understanding of the science behind wellbeing, and offering neuroscience-based coaching and training approaches, we now know, is at the heart of all positive people development as well as effective leadership and management. Neuroscience-based coaching skills are emerging as essential business skills for an organisation to compete in the market with a robust and adaptable workforce. You just need to understand the brain science and how to apply it specifically to your people strategy.

HR team members regularly encounter difficulties managing and responding to poor performance, as well as the challenge of one to one meetings. Neuroscience techniques can be deployed to turn around performance, attitude and outcomes for individuals and their line managers. Neuroscience makes real culture change not only possible, but it enables it to happen fast.

Wellbeing and mental resilience applications and assessments such as those uniquely utilised by The Wellbeing and Performance Company have been developed to provide greater insight into organisational wellbeing using independently verified, efficacious and research-based tools, to establish greater levels of mental resilience and wellbeing across your organisation.

 

References:

Bowcott (2017) Research shows most employees will discuss mental health issues with someone, but rarely their employer. Available at: https://www.legalandgeneralgroup.com/media-centre/press-releases/research-shows-most-employees-will-discuss-mental-health-issues-with-someone-but-rarely-their-employer/ (Accessed: 10 May 2018).

Department of Works and Pensions (2017). Thriving at work – The Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers. London.

Whysall, Z., Bowden, J., and Hewitt, M. (2018) Employees spend 2.5 weeks a year working when ill – costing businesses £4k per employee in lost productivity. Available at: https://www.ntu.ac.uk/about-us/news/news-articles/2017/10/employees-spend-2.5-weeks-a-year-working-when-ill-costing-businesses-4k-per-employee-in-lost-productivity (Accessed: 15 May 2018).