In the words of Tim Leberecht, “People, the heart of the business, need to be healthy, happy and engaged to enable the business to grow and succeed. We need to take good care of our business heart!”1.
While it sounds simple enough, we often get so caught up in the day-to-day running of our business and the bottom line, we forget about what’s most important - the people. So, what can you do to inject more ‘heart’ into your organisation to show your employees you care and create a more meaningful workplace?
We’ve come up with a few ideas to get you started.
CSR isn’t just a buzzword, it’s an opportunity for an organisation to lead with heart and give back to the wider community. Corporate responsibility is a way for companies to take responsibility for the social and environmental impacts of their business operations2. If you don’t already have a CSR programme in place, now could be a good time to start thinking about what this might look like for your organisation. CSR initiatives can take any number of different forms from supporting local charities to environmental causes. Why not take the opportunity to ask your employees for their input to ensure the initiatives you invest in are meaningful to them and your values are aligned?
What better way to show your employees you care than by investing in their health.
There are a number of ways you can do this, including:
There is very clear evidence to suggest that a compassionate work culture is not only happier and healthier but more productive and results driven4.
While it sounds simple enough, it doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes time and commitment and more importantly, needs to be a focus for everyone across the organisation.
So what steps can you take to inject compassion into your workplace?
Just like your own heart health, you need to look after the heart of your organisation. Taking the time to implement a few simple steps will not only result in a happy and engaged workforce but one that’s hard working and results driven, so it’s win-win for everyone.