Doing well by doing good
Engagement has been elusive for most companies, with Gallup reporting global employee engagement at 13 percent. Forward-thinking organisations are well aware that employee engagement is heavily influenced by employee wellbeing and workplace cultures1. As Jennifer Moss reveals in her book Unlocking Happiness at Work, what is essential to live a productive, fulfilling life is to be happy at one’s workplace.
Mark looked down as he walked through the front doors of his office building and noticed he was wearing two different shoes. In an exhausted haze this morning, he had grabbed one brown loafer and one black. Instantly, Mark felt his stress levels rise.
This story came up at coffee with a friend as we were discussing how tired we had been lately due to our various mid-life circumstances. Mark was struggling with managing his unwell mother. With teenagers at home, he had been up late all week helping his daughter finish a project that could significantly influence her chances of getting into university.
Mark’s late-night homework sessions were the catalyst for the black/brown shoe mishap, falling asleep at his desk, and missing his morning meeting with his boss. The story does not end there. That meeting was intended to give Mark key information so he could nail the pitch that