How leaders can promote corporate health and better performance

by L&D07 Jul 2016
Often subtle signals inside an organisation are the true signals of bigger issues, said Nikki Fogden-Moore, lifestyle coach, speaker and author of the new book, Vitality.
 
Indeed, high levels of stress, decreased motivation and lack of employee engagement are all signs you need to take seriously, she added.
 
“Without a true culture of transparency people hide their exhaustion, lack of knowledge or concerns about change and do not step up with initiative,” Fogden-Moore said.
 
She added that when you cut back on the health and wellbeing of your workforce, it impacts safety, performance and your bottom line:
  • It’s the cost of the “show up” employee - the person that comes to work every day but is not motivated, does not perform or keeps turning up ‘sick’.
  • It’s the employee on autopilot -who’s not looking when they refuel a vehicle, skim reads a budget, sends confidential information out by mistake, forgets to do full safety checks.
  • Exhausted employees make mistakes - this could be machinery, financial deals, hiring the wrong people, getting into workplace disputes or breaching code of conduct.
  • It’s sick leave and no clear plan for return.
  • It’s the lack of initiative and drive. When stressed out executives don’t think with strategy and initiative but instead operate on a fight or flight mentality.
The good news is corporate health can be improved fast, and with lasting results. It’s all about a plan that is effective and flexible, she added.
 
Fogden-Moore outlined four ways to go about doing this:
 
Know your business landscape.
 
Every great leader knows that company performance, no matter what size of business, goes in peaks and troughs. There are years of growth and potential - then market dips that force a re-structure, re-focus and consolidation of activities, resources and people.
 
However, time and time again plans are not in place to create corporate health programs designed to stand the test of time - no matter what the financial climate.
 
A great corporate health program is built to expand and contract with times of growth or consolidation, even with high regulation industries. 
 
Keep it simple
 
A successful corporate health and safety program is seamless, relevant and easy to measure. It works within existing resources, is relevant to the company, your people and the industry. Create policies and activation that will work on the bare minimum.

Forget about what everyone else is doing in the industry - what can you do that will get your teams excited, won’t cost the earth and will actually be easy to update, check in and see results.
 
Engage and empower
 
Corporate health is not just the health care benefits, vision statements and lines of reporting and processes when people become ill or injured. It’s not the lunch time yoga sessions, personal trainers or office massage therapist that comes in twice a week.
 
It’s creating a culture where people feel accountable, engaged and empowered to look after both the business and their personal wellbeing on a day to day basis. It’s having a culture where your staff use the resources, support, channels and platforms provided. That’s the real ROI.
 
Be agile
 
Finally, corporate health is a big subject - that’s often why it’s so hard to get right. It has so many facets. Get the right advice on how to build a good foundation and elements you can add as you go.
 
Many times, expensive well-intended health and wellbeing programs never truly get off the ground in the first place. You may get corporate health programs in that look great on paper at a leadership level or for other organisations, but they don’t truly align with your corporate goals, team DNA and business landscape.
 
It’s not an easy formula to get right. However, when you have the right advice and an agile approach the results can be magic. It will save you money, empower your teams and shift your organisational performance up a gear. 

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