How Does Psychological Wellbeing Promote Sustainable, Optimal Performance?
What is Cultural Psychological Wellbeing?
A culture is a “system of shared assumptions, values, and beliefs that show people what is appropriate and inappropriate behaviour.”
A culture that prioritises psychological wellbeing achieves the intricate balance of organisation and individual employee needs, and fuels the professional attitudes and actions required for individual and collective sustainable, optimal performance. It assures:
- A meaningful and worthwhile vision and mission that all individuals can value, share and be inspired to achieve.
- Organisational identity, values, strategy and everyday practice that ensures all individuals are accepted, respected and treated fairly, with equal opportunity and support to provide valued contribution to mission accomplishment and to flourish.
Such a culture inspires and empowers optimal performance that is sustainable beyond individuals and short-term circumstance. Beyond enhanced organisational performance, it forms the basis of ‘good work’ and enables equality and diversity, both to the benefit of brand reputation and society.
How Does a Psychological Wellbeing Culture Promote Sustainable, Optimal Performance?
This mutually inspiring and supportive culture enables everyone within the organisation:
- To achieve the personal social and security needs required to gain the sense of community and belonging that breeds the willingness to ‘go the extra mile’ and loyalty during difficult times.
- To receive the support that; mitigates against stress and poor mental health, promotes complete health, and leads to resilience and perseverance in meeting challenges and overcoming obstacles.
- To attain the utmost of personal leadership, and to assume personal responsibility and commitment to; a common mission and goals, normative behaviours of professionalism, and optimal role performance.
- To have the confidence to optimise the use of their skills and expertise. To attain the intrinsic rewards that encourages individuals to strive and to challenge themselves to better role performance and mission contribution.
- To focus with un-necessary distraction on the task at hand, to think clearly under pressure.
- To take responsibility to own the situation; to be confident and autonomous in decision-making under pressure, to be creative, to drive projects and to improve the product.
- To thrive within an environment of psychological safety that enables individuals to positively contribute and collaborate without fear of blame, humiliation or negative consequence. This:
- Allows individuals to engage in the development of processes and practice, sharing and discussing knowledge, ideas and concerns, thus dealing effectively with complexity and promoting creativity, innovation.
- Stimulates a positive and challenging learning environment where constructive critique is welcomed, errors reported, and where lessons are learnt and implemented.