In the past, work-life balance was considered the best antidote to feeling overwhelmed at work. Before the pandemic, work was usually confined to a particular location during defined working hours. Today, access to technology and virtual work makes it much harder to achieve that sought after work/life balance.
According to a recent Gallup report, “it’s not just the hours, imbalance or location that leaves workers unhappy. It’s what’s happening at work that makes them miserable.”
So what’s happening at work and how can it be addressed?
Stacy Cowan, founder of Urban Legal Recruitment reports, “Working through the pandemic has shifted employee expectations, requiring new ways of operating. Organizations need to listen to what their employees are saying, but also what they aren’t saying, and make some adjustments.”
So why is how employees are feeling so critical to business success?
Well, there are the ethical and moral considerations of creating a workplace that honours employees. According to McKinsey, job satisfaction is the second most important determinant of an employee’s overall satisfaction with life, second only to mental health.
Another reason why companies should care about how their employees are feeling is that worried, stressed and unhappy employees are simply bad for business.
According to pwc, 62% of Canadian employer respondents claim maintaining morale and company culture has been one of their biggest work challenges since the start of the pandemic. And while many organizations are responding to these challenges with bonuses, higher salaries, and other benefits, top companies understand that what employees really want is to be trusted, treated with respect, and to have a sense of purpose.
In a Fortune article, ‘Top 100’ companies are described as having:
There is no question that how employees (and leaders) are feeling impacts both the individual and the organization.
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“When organizations take the necessary steps to provide a physically and psychologically safe workplace, they don’t just benefit the employee,” says Stacy. “These organizations positively impact their bottom lines with higher levels of loyalty and commitment and a reputation that attracts the best and brightest.”
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