Post-Pandemic Leadership Series: Framework and methodology to drive wellbeing

Give your managers the tools they need to help support employee wellbeing and productivity while strengthening their leadership skills. This collection explores best practices to help managers empower their people to achieve common goals while driving meaningful change from the ground up.

Pandemic-related stressors such as work-life balance issues, zoom fatigue, and loneliness have led to a persistent, indefinite state of burnout worldwide. In fact, workplace experts have characterized the modern workforce as stressed, sad and anxious, as studies reveal that 44% of employees said they experienced stress ‘a lot’ during their previous workday. Yet despite increased commitment across organizations to making mental health and wellbeing a strategic priority, there still seems to be a disconnect between HR and employees. 47% of HR leaders believe that their company supports wellbeing while only 24% of employees share this sentiment. Beyond the moral imperative of ensuring staff are able to thrive at work, it also makes good business sense. Research shows that investing in employee wellbeing leads to improved resilience, lower levels of absence due to illness, and higher performance and productivity. 

As employee wellbeing has become the standard and no longer the exception, how can managers find new approaches to supporting their teams and improving wellbeing?

Wellbeing framework & methodology

  1. Assess- execute a preliminary assessment of your team’s wellbeing needs and discuss challenges to wellbeing in your workplace.
  2. Plan & Manage- create wellbeing team and individual goals along with desired outcomes. Decide together how you want to achieve them.
  3. Implement- launch your plan and implement a bespoke solution that will provide management and employees with unique visibility into individual and team wellbeing. Montara’s AI technology analyzes digital signals and work patterns to produce a detailed picture of wellbeing across the organization and provides relevant recommendations to help employees and managers adopt healthier work habits and improve wellbeing on every level. 
  4. Evaluate- actively gauge the effectiveness of your initiatives and schedule regular check-ins to receive feedback.

Core principles to drive post-pandemic wellbeing

  1. Practice flexibility- focus on outcomes rather than outputs, make sure your people feel you trust them, and support flexible schedules of individuals.
  2. Show you care- Practice empathy, ask questions and create a stigma-free environment in which your team can feel confident to bring their authentic selves to work. A safe space for open dialogue to share struggles will help get to the root cause of wellbeing issues as they occur.
  3. Stay positive- Maintaining work-life balance and improving wellbeing, takes time and often is influenced by factors outside the workplace. Committing to creating a positive work environment and trusting the process will make all the difference.

     

Without a clear plan to support employee wellbeing, organizations risk a demoralized workforce with low engagement and poor productivity. If the situation persists, employees will increasingly look for new roles within companies that support wellbeing, adding to the existing crisis of talent retention and attracting new staff. For these reasons and more, it is critical that organizations take steps to ensure that they provide effective wellbeing support. A culture of wellbeing should be implemented across all levels of the organization and managers must pave the way forward by using new tools to address the needs of their distributed workforce.

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