032 – Caron Rounds – Workplace Wellness
...or should that be 'unwellness'?
The statistics around employee engagement are startling. A huge percentage of us are not satisfied with the work we do or the environment in which we do it. And given the amount of time we actually spend at work, it’s a hugely concerning issue.
Caron Rounds is an expert in workplace wellness.
In this episode of the Team Guru Podcast we talk through the issues that are affecting employee engagement and we outline some practical steps that we can take as individuals and leaders to contribute to a more fulfilling professional environment.
Here’s what I took from the episode:
It’s important to look at employee engagement statistics from the perspective of the amount of time we spend at work
The average worker will spend hours at work 1920 hours each year – that’s 77800 hours over a working life (about 9 years)
Gallup poll (USA)
31% – engaged
51% – not engaged
17.5 – actively disengaged
Youngest workers are least engaged – 28.9% of millennials are engaged
Gallup 2013 (Australia)
24% – engaged
60% – not engaged
16% – actively disengaged
The top factors around why people are so disengaged from their work are linked to connections – not having an emotional connection with our managers or the people we work with and a lack of positive recognition from leaders
Productivity is the first thing that suffers when workers are disengaged
Organisations with a positive work culture are 31% more productive
A wellness model is multidimensional. It takes into consideration:
Positive Directional Communication
- Psychological flexibility – maintaining an even balance. Handling the good and bad that comes your way
- Active listening – WAIT – Why Am I Talking? Rather than focussing on what you are going to say next, actually listen to what is being said to you
- Mindfulness – take a pause and take time to consider what is happening in the moment
- Positive reinforcement – to show our peers that they are accepted and acknowledged. That they are supported in their work environment in a positive way
- Appreciative inquiry – start a difficult tasks by working on the things you are strong at – from the strengths you have and then build
- Gratitude – find something positive in your day – no matter how small – has a huge impact on how the rest of your day will do. We are capable of building on positive emotions
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