If ever there was a time when we need to reinvent our organisations, it’s now. The latest reports that work-related stress has reached epidemic proportions is a cry for change.
International Stress Awareness Week is an opportunity for senior leaders to acknowledge how you are contributing to this crisis. With reported rates of work related stress, anxiety and depression on the increase at an alarming rate, what can you do to cultivate a healthy working environment?
Are You Changing?
As a director and senior leader within your organisation I believe you have a responsibility, as part of the senior team, to look at how your behaviours are contributing to the problem. This is often seen as developing “soft skills” and somehow less important, or optional, for senior leaders. A different style of management and leadership needs to evolve and is vital for the sustainability of successful organisations. If you never take time to think:
- How current are your values and beliefs?
- How do you adapt your style to lead in our rapidly changing world?
- How do you develop new patterns of behaviour
Then, how will you ever make the vital changes needed for your organisation to flourish?
Culture Change is Essential
Culture change for most organisations is not optional but essential. As leaders you need to foster a wellbeing culture where your employees feel valued and trusted. The individuals within your teams want to make a difference. They want to perform and contribute to something they believe in, a worthwhile cause, service or product. It is often bureaucracy and outdated behaviours that block both productivity and wellbeing.
Reinventing your organisation to cultivate a healthy workplace culture starts by acknowledging you have a problem. Once recognised, you can engage one another in honest conversations and notice what needs to change. With an open mind, and a willingness to be curious about new ways of being, solutions will start to emerge that will positively affect your environment.
As a Chief Executive or Director, if you would value a confidential, exploratory conversation to air your thoughts about the health of your organisation, please contact me directly.
Karen Mason is on a mission to inspire leaders to define and align with their purpose. In so doing, foster more meaningful and engaging workplace cultures, where people matter. Karen is known for her passion and expertise in leadership coaching and facilitation. The impact of which has a positive influence on the way leaders lead within their organisation.
For a conversation about the health of your organisation, message me at firstname.lastname@example.org.