An organisation can achieve and sustain optimal performance when its culture promotes psychological wellbeing. That is, when its systems and everyone’s everyday practice makes everyone feel:
Also, listened to, supported and part of a community.
Research and practice show that this enables the intricate balance of organisation and individual needs that:
- Inspires and empowers optimal performance beyond changes in management, employees and short-term circumstance.
- Fuels the professional attitudes and actions that enable all to thrive individually and collectively.
- Attracts and keeps the highest-quality staff.
- Increases efficiency by increasing staff engagement and innovation, and reducing sickness-absence, presenteeism and social loafing.
- Forms the basis of ‘good work’, equality and inclusion necessary for brand reputation and society.
Why is This So Important?
UK research shows that:
- Less than 20% of the population have good psychological health.
- 1 in 6 experience a common mental health concern (e.g., depression, anxiety) in any given week.
- In business, annual increases in employee reports of working when ill (presenteeism) and under conditions of ‘extreme stress’ are found across sectors and professions.
A culture of psychological wellbeing therefore protects your organisation and staff against this by:
- Reducing the causes of work/sport-related ill-health.
- Buffering against other life stressors and their health implications.
- Providing the ingredients to help your people thrive and perform optimally.
Real world research and experience also tells us that creating a culture of organisational wellbeing costs far less, but pays back far more than individually-based health and wellbeing initiatives.