Creating a Better World Together
By Lucy Howard, BulliesOut
By Lucy Howard, BulliesOut
I’ve been looking a lot at the significance of communities and togetherness of late. In particular as to how a sense of community can influence our mental well being. Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs places it as third in the foundations of his pyramid, third only to basics such as physiological needs and safety. Signifying just how important it is that we all do feel that sense of ‘belonging’ in order to be content. Surely then it is imperative we look after a need as basic as this in the workplace too.
One third of people report being bullied in their workplace. And that behaviour has long term effects both on their health but also on the health of the organisation. Absenteeism because of bullying accounts for 18 million working days per annum. This is behaviour that impacts on the efficiency and productivity of your organisation as well as the overall wellbeing of your staff.
BulliesOut work hard at proactively promoting positive behaviour in the workplace because we believe that kindness, compassion and integrity should be at the heart of everything we do. In discovering the vision of PTHR is to build a better world we felt it made sense to create that better place together.
We live in an age where businesses are trying to do more with less, where workplaces are trying to be both more efficient but also ensure their staff wellbeing is paramount. How then can organisations such as BulliesOut and PTHR help with those goals?
By working together. By building a community in which you can access all that you need to achieve both these aims. BulliesOut and PTHR work at very different ends of the spectrum in what we deliver but our fundamental goal is the same – to build a better world. In combining our work we can offer a unique product where a company can locate what they need from one package rather than looking in two different areas.
Our vision is to help companies build a better workplace for their staff whilst still ensuring they maximise on efficiency and productivity. A win-win for both the company itself and the staff working within it. A positive workforce trained in agile working. A vision that meets the needs of Maslow’s hierarchy perfectly. Providing safety, security and a sense of community in the workplace, raising their esteem and allowing staff to reach for and obtain the pinnacle. That pinnacle being happiness.
In working ‘together’ we can achieve so much.
Ways in which you can start to make a positive difference to your people today:
Ensure that once a week you check in with members of your team with a phone call. Zoom meetings are now heavily associated with work content and so a phone call can set this apart as more of an ‘informal’ chat. Ask about how they are doing, how their families are doing, are they managing to find time for themselves and for some self-care. A little bit of interest in their personal circumstances can go a long way.
Invest in your staff. Show them you care about their mental wellbeing. Introduce an hour of ‘self-care’ to the working day. A walk, yoga, meditation, journaling, even a daily ‘coffee spot’ for the more extroverted of staff to check into. But in the absence of a commute, a canteen, a coffee shop, those moments of downtime can be missed.
Change the default time of a standard meeting to 45 minutes instead of an hour or 20 minutes instead of 30 minutes. This provides staff the opportunity to stretch their legs, grab a coffee and take time to reflect and recharge between meetings.
Introduce a weekly questionnaire to allow staff to anonymously provide feedback as to how things are going. It allows you to gain a quick and easy snapshot as to the general mood of your team or your organisation.
Be flexible and allow your staff time to be ‘off-grid’. Allow them to embrace the positives of the WFH culture by encouraging, where possible, a flexible approach to the working day. Do not expect an immediate response to all texts and emails. In this age of online working, it is becoming all too easy to form expectations that someone is always available to us. Everyone needs time to recharge. Our People work best when they feel valued.BulliesOut