Has anyone else noticed another theme begin to emerge in our workplace? The ‘cow head’ in the middle of the many people’s workplaces is that people are running on empty – and they don’t feel cared for or are not caring for themselves. What a huge toll its taking on our well-being, creativity, personal lives and the world at large.
I see it all too often, the end result of people pushing themselves for too long and hard. Inevitably ill health and an unrewarding life full of cracks starts to appear. But the real questions is; what’s it going to take to create change?
The cycle to be broken is that of self-care: I often see a workplace date or commitment being chosen first over someone’s health. Understanding the bigger picture, a change in thinking and leadership is needed. It’s not about adding a meditation class here or there, it’s about putting care for people as the first priority. This means things like:
- Paying staff to use work time to renew their inner lives
- Deeply valuing and appreciating the “whole lives” of employees
- Providing training for people to be leaders of our minds and hearts
- Ritualising simple expressions of kindness
- Creating a culture of ‘safety’ where people can speak openly
- Standing for a purpose that goes beyond making money
I do know that workplace wellness needs to be led by the owners, directors and CEOs of our businesses who should walk their talk and consider that if they can’t do it themselves then maybe they need to reconsider what they are asking of others. It needs to be a collaborative approach where we are ALL accountable for the outcome, if its simply too large for an individual to fix solo.
There’s a strong voice leading a movement in mindful leadership, Jono Fisher from The Wake Up Project is paving the way in bringing a community together to foster a new leadership narrative. ‘More than ever, we need leaders who are willing to make the care of people their #1 priority – starting with themselves.’ -Jono
This September the Wake Up Project is hosting a Mindful Leadership Forum in Sydney, this forum has been on my bucket list for a while so I hope sharing the resource will inspire even just 1 more leader to attend.
P.S. If you have friends whose work life is taking a toll on their well-being and happiness, please send them this blog post. This shift towards mindful leadership will only happen one person, one CEO, one team and one choice at a time.