Constructing Workplace Wellbeing and Homes
BLUEPRINTS FOR SUCCESS
In the words of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, “The architect must be a prophet… a prophet in the true sense of the term… if he can’t see at least ten years ahead, don’t call him an architect.” Building a house and crafting a workplace wellbeing program share a common thread—they both require visionary planning, specific skill sets and meticulous execution.
Framing the Foundation:
Consider this: just as a tent doesn’t quite fit the bill for a permanent home, a superficial approach to workplace wellbeing falls short of addressing employees’ diverse needs. Much like tailoring a home to accommodate its residents, a thoughtful workplace wellbeing program should resonate with the workforce it serves, offering sustenance and support.
Securing the space for a house mirrors the preparation needed for wellbeing. Assessing the current workplace environment is akin to surveying a plot of land. Understanding its limitations and potentials guides the initial steps, setting the stage for what can be built. This requires collaborative consultation with stakeholders, including the employees that the wellness strategy, programs and initiatives will serve and support.
Blueprints and Design:
Award-winning architect Zaha Hadid once said, “Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space.” This sentiment echoes the essence of designing not just physical structures but also holistic environments where individuals flourish. Just as an architect meticulously crafts blueprints, wellbeing experts design tailored programs that resonate with employees’ needs, focusing on all the dimensions of wellbeing, including mental, physical, and emotional.
This includes analysing data, systems, policies and procedures, including work design. It also includes researching best practice, not only in the same industry and country, but also what is working well across industries and continents that may be applied or adapted to support this particular workforce using an evidence-based risk management approach.
Picture a skilled builder meticulously constructing a house, every brick laid with precision. Similarly, a workplace Wellness Leader orchestrates the implementation of wellbeing, aligning resources, timelines, and objectives. It requires skills in tracking and managing changes whilst maintaining relationships with stakeholders and health and wellbeing suppliers.
A fitting quote from management guru Peter Drucker captures this: “Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” It encapsulates the vital role of project managers in ensuring alignment with the intended outcomes.
The challenge of balancing budget and quality in both endeavours is a tightrope walk. Just as a homeowner aims to build a house within budget without compromising on structural integrity, workplace Wellness Leaders strive to establish a wellbeing strategy and initiatives that are cost-effective while maintaining its potency to truly serve those for whom it was created.
Completion and Interior Design:
As a house gets enriched with interior design elements and landscaping, the final touches on a wellbeing project are equally crucial. They elevate the outcomes and experience, making it not just functional but also inviting. This requires communication skills so that the wellbeing narrative is integrated into all communications. In the words of Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This sentiment resonates deeply in the creation of spaces and experiences, physical or emotional, where individuals feel authentically supported and valued.
In the intricate dance of building homes and workplace wellbeing programs, we recognise the shared complexities and essential skill sets required. Both endeavours strive not just to exist but to foster environments where individuals are enabled to adapt, thrive, find solace, and flourish.
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