26: “What’s Good for People?” a report by Kate Lister – Part 2

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Creating an engaged employee environment also requires that you focus on their well-being.

About Kate Lister:

Kate Lister has given me permission to read her fantastic report “What’s Good for People?”, on the podcast.

Kate is president of Global Workplace Analytics and she’s an internationally recognized authority on emerging workplace strategies.

Kate has co-authored three business books.

She is a regular contributor to several online business sites.

She is an accomplished speaker, entrepreneur, corporate executive and philanthropist.

Take-aways from Kate’s report:

  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – an employee’s physiological and safety needs serve as the foundation of the well-being pyramid.
    • Adequate lighting
    • Thermal comfort
    • Reasonable noise levels
    • Sufficient privacy
  • just having them met, or exceeded, does not create satisfaction.
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs:
    • Self-Actualization: Purpose and meaning
    • Esteem: Self-worth and respect
    • Belonging: Relationships and connections
    • Safety: Security, safety and stability
    • Physiological: Physical health and comforts
  • Create and Execute a Well-Being Strategy
    • Define goals and objectives for the well-being initiative
    • Discover employee and workplace needs and opportunities for improvement
    • Develop and test the well-being strategy—aligning the physical workplace vision with organizational work practices and work processes
    • Implement the well-being strategy and promote through communication, education and managers who lead by example
    • Evaluate goals and continually measure well-being activities’ impact to assess successes and opportunities

Conclusion:

Creating an engaged employee environment also requires that you focus on their well-being. You don’t have to be large employer to do this.

Examples of employee engagement ideas you can incorporate that are employee well-being focused.

  • Offer healthy food and drink options on-site
  • Promote standing and walking meetings
  • Discourage and address office politics
  • Discourage employees from coming to work sick
  • Establish clear workplace safety policies and procedures
  • Provide continual skills training
  • Manage with integrity and consistency
  • Encourage and support volunteer work

Link to Kate’s report

About the author, Thomas

I have 20 of years insurance industry experience in C-level management, focusing on all aspects of workers compensation, risk management, loss control, employee benefits, HR, payroll and professional employer organization (“PEO”) operations. Currently, I am the owner and CEO of Humanly HR, and founder and host of SmallBiz Brainiac; a podcast providing employer intelligence to small business owners.

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