Can an organisation succeed without a healthy and happy workplace? Sure, funding, skills and knowledge are important; as is good leadership. But alone, these may not achieve your intended outcomes.
The well-being of your team plays an important role in organisational success. Also, by embedding a culture of well-being, you can improve sustainability and organisational resilience.
But what are the signs of workplace well-being? Look out for the following:
One: Staff and volunteers have an effective voice. They are consulted, and their input is valued.
Two: Managers and supervisors are trained in people skills. They have learnt to trust, encourage and enable their team, while staff and volunteers feel appreciated and supported.
Three: Working relationships are healthy.
Four: Training and continuous development are considered a priority.
Five: The needs of the individual are recognised, with regular and effective supervision: and coaching and mentoring where needed.
Six: The working environment is as comfortable as it can be.
Seven: HR policies are clear and effective.
Eight: Health and safety matters are embedded into operational matters.
Nine: Sickness absence is low.
Ten: Leaders and managers demonstrate ethical behaviour
I realise that in a small organisation, juggling valuable time and resources to develop effective HR policies, organise training, supervise, manage, and lead your team is difficult and often stressful.
But by working on people skills and good relationships, a culture of well-being will take root. You can grow this with support on policies and training from organisations like your local CVS (Council for Voluntary Service), TSI (Third Sector Interface – Scotland), or a similar local body. You can also engage the services of someone like Green Pepper.