Blog Authored by: Jeanne Hines, SPHR
We spend about 2,000 hours every year at our jobs. For some, the job is the best part of their day. For others, it is much less desirable. Which employee will make the best contribution? If everyone in your organization was positive and motivated, what kind of difference would that make?
One of the five elements of our holistic approach to wellness is career well-being. Career well-being is concerned with how we occupy our time and how much we enjoy what we do every day. A healthy individual seeks things to do and has something to look forward to every day. It is what we spend our time doing each day that shapes our identity. For a lot of us, it's our job, but for others it's their role as a spouse, parent, student, volunteer, retiree, or something else.
A healthy worksite culture encourages the growth and development of employees through a plan showing how an employee may advance to their next position. Once this foundation element is in place, you may chose to move onto adding a development plan to each of these levels that includes the skills, knowledge, training, education & experience needed to achieve each step.
Many companies think they're too small to have career paths. If that's the case in your company, have you thought about other ways to encourage career well-being? A simple way to encourage positive morale is recognition for a job well-done. Depending on the person's preference and the company's culture, recognition could come in many forms. A written "thank you" from the supervisor or business owner is a meaningful way to express recognition. It is most effective when it states a specific accomplishment and what actions the person took that were outstanding.
Other ways to recognize people include gift cards, mention in the company's newsletter or other communication piece, flowers, time off and, of course, a bonus. All of these kinds of recognition serve to reinforce the positive behavior you wish to have repeated.
The goal in this effort is to provide stability to the workforce, employees who can grow with the company, more productivity, and less stress for all.