In today’s always busy Alberta world of work, team building, staff engagement, fun at work will NEVER be a priority for leaders when up against “Work to be done” and “We have a lot going on”.
For just over 12 years now, my conversations with leaders ultimately comes down to this – Team Building. Staff Engagement. Fun at Work…will always be viewed as a distraction, as something that gets in the way of “Work to be done” and “We have a lot going on”.
Let’s call this a “Work First/Business First” world of work attitude by leaders of organizations large and small, for profit and not for profit. When I reflect upon how many amazing leaders in Alberta world of work that I have met over the years, I continue to be surprised at the fact that these same leaders often do not recognize the value of team building, staff engagement, and fun at work as a positive workplace
mental health strategy.
What will you typically hear me saying in response to this: “Get it out of your head that this is JUST team building. Get it out of your head that this is JUST staff engagement and fun at work. And
maybe, just maybe, get it out of your head that there’s no value here because it gets in the way of work to be done.”
Fact: “Work to be done” requires positive mental health – positive workplace mental health.
Fact: And at the end of the day, if you’re raising positive workplace mental health levels, how could this not spill over into productivity? How could this not spill over into shifting the relationships between everyone at work? How could this not result in more happy at work?
Isn’t it really all about everyone’s daily mental health in today’s always busy, always stressful Alberta world of work? Sure it is!
Isn’t it really all about taking a leadership position of responsibility to build happier and healthier workplaces? When we’re not well, it affects everything we do at work, at home, at play. We spend so much of our daily hours at work. This alone should send the message that we need to give attention to workplace mental health.
My best advice? All that I’m asking of leaders is to shift their thinking and recognize the value of team building, staff engagement, and fun at work as a positive workplace mental health strategy when up against “Work to be done” and “We have a lot going on”. Simple? Yes. Easy? Well, I’ll leave that one up to you to reflect upon and ponder for a while.
Coming soon. Episode 8.
Which of the following 2 values best describes YOU in today’s world of work?
- “ROI? At the end of the day, I’m really all about the ROI.” * Return on Investment.
- “ROIK? At the end of the day, I’m really all about the ROIK.” * Return on Inspiring Kindness.
Email me below and let me know your answer!