Are we going out? Or are we going out, out? – Micky Flanagan
What will make you stand out when it comes to staff wellbeing?
We are all used to the term ‘out, out’ when we see our friends on our socials showing us where they are, having a good time and getting back into their lives. It’s a term that has been used for a few years now with great hilarity. Venturing ‘out, out’ after who knows which number lockdown we were in and creating a way forward for ourselves.
But where are we when it comes to staff wellbeing? Are you out, out then?
Weirdly when you want to make improvements and strengthen a workforce, the first thing you might do is look outside of where you are, when all the time, what you need is within.
Speaking to staff about communication with themselves and their work colleagues throws up many fears, also some fear in disguise and lack of trust issues. However, when we look within on a personal level and bring that ‘in, in’ to the staff environment, it is incredible what can happen. Well, what can happen is that I hear my favourite phrase time and again – ‘You couldn’t make it up!’
If you consider the difference between working with a disengaged and, at worst, an unproductive and toxic workforce instead of a group of people looking forward to entering the workspace, keen to do well for the company and those around them, the polarity between the two is quite extreme. Yet, so often, this will be the place that I start working with companies.
Rather than going out, out, let me encourage you to go in, in! – Deborah Fielding
The decision to keep a company in a remarkable space comes from doing some deep discussion and open-hearted conversation. Encouraging the workforce to do that permanently, and opening up to yourself and each other, is a wonderful way of connecting.
We are not talking about the need to bare your soul every day here! Just a simple being open to a viewpoint and not being fearful of your place either within yourself or within the company.
It takes some thought and time to build relationships, not just a scattergun approach. However, putting that effort in regularly will reap the rewards from the talented staff you have at your fingertips. Ask any company who has lost the trust of their employees about the cost of regaining that, and you will find it is quite considerable.
365 Days Of Messages supports people with how they think and how they show up for themselves. So, if you are looking for a unique way to build connection, especially moving into new territory after lockdownitis, why not have a chat with us about how we can help with simple discussion led workshops. Get in touch by email firstname.lastname@example.org
And so, what will make you stand out when it comes to staff wellbeing? And rather than going out, out, let me encourage you to go in, in!
Over and out, out!