Do you want your organization to flourish, and be the place where talented and passionate people not only want to work but are practically tearing down the doors to get in?
Do you wish there was a way to develop tomorrow’s company leaders today and to give them the tools and experience they need to be successful in the future? If so, then you need to focus on creating thriving organizational wellbeing.
What is Thriving Organizational Wellbeing?
Don’t confuse this term with traditional worksite wellness, as practiced in many organizations and which has limited, and often short-term, success. Thriving organizational wellbeing is much more important and much bigger than any health program that companies could offer. As Dr. Rosie Ward and Dr. Jon Robison wrote in their just-released book, “How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work, Featuring the 7 Points of Transformation,”
“…wellness has become synonymous with a narrow, biomedical view primarily focused on physical health.” Worksite wellness often “ignores the importance and influence of other aspects of wellbeing (especially career wellbeing).”
Instead of wellness (or at least before launching any programs), organizations should devote their time and resources to fostering organizational and employee wellbeing. Thriving organizational wellbeing, according to world-renowned organizational consultant Patrick Lencioni in his book, “The Advantage,” means a worksite with:
- Minimal politics
- Minimal confusion
- High morale
- High productivity
- Low turnover
Lencioni, Ward and Robison aren’t the only ones to focus on the importance of organizational wellbeing. A May 2013 Harvard Business Review article looked at what it means to have an authentic, thriving organization and identified these six common musts that allow organizations to operate at their fullest potential:
1. Let people be themselves.
2. Unleash the flow of information.
3. Magnify people’s strengths.
4. Stand for more than shareholder value.
5. Show how the daily work makes senses.
6. Have rules people can believe in.
Ward and Robison considered these six qualities, and those of Lencioni, to create their list of 14 Characteristics of a Thriving Workplace. Embrace these principles, and you may discover a whole new level of success within your organization.
For more on how to transform your organization to live these concepts, check out “How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work, Featuring the 7 Points of Transformation.”