Stability in an ever changng world
By CLAIRE MARKWICK
The world in which we live and work is fast paced and so there is little wonder that businesses are having to put more focus into workplace wellbeing to prevent burnout and mental illness among the workforce.
The Black Dog Institute are leading the way in identification, prevention and treatment of mental illness in the workplace and they report that mental illness costs the Australian economy over $12 billion a year in lost productivity and has a significant impact on staff morale and organisational performance.
So, as a small business owner or senior leader how does this impact us and what can we do to create stability in an ever-evolving world?
“Mental illness costs the Australian economy over $12 billion a year in lost productivity…”
Depending on the person, we all crave stability; or certainty; or security to some extent. It is one of the core human needs and is something that we will ensure we have met one way or another, whether we are consciously aware of it or not.
Unfortunately, when there is little awareness into how we meet our needs in the workplace, unresourceful patterns start to emerge. I wonder if you have ever experienced any of these:
- Control/dominance of others;
- People doing the bare minimum…
Believe it or not, these are all ways we can meet out need for stability in the workplace; albeit unresourceful ways. Think about it…very little innovation and creativity would result in this environment, so things end up remaining the same; stable; secure.
That’s what we want right?
Well no…not if it comes at the cost of innovation, creativity, engagement and performance!
So, how do we turn it around?
How can we meet our need for stability; for security; for certainty WITHOUT it having a detrimental effect on our business?
The answer lies in creating a stable base; a foundation if you will for our team to operate from, which then leaves them free to perform effectively WITHIN certain parameters. This might look like:
- Clarity of business vision, mission and values so the team are clear on their purpose;
- Effectively communicated standards and expectations so there is clarity in what is expected;
- Awareness of both self and others;
- Documented procedures and processes;
- Adequate systems to enable people to do their jobs;
- Provision of suitable tools and equipment;
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but if these things are in place, our team knows where they stand; they know how they fit in and they know the part they need to play. They have stability; they have accountability and from that comes the innovation, creativity, engagement and productivity that we are all striving for.
Knowing this, how do you feel you and your team are meeting the need for stability?