3 Corporations Whose Leadership Creates a Culture of Well-being
Many companies strive to have great well-being, but don’t have a Leadership Team committed to demonstrating its importance and setting a good example. We always found this to be surprising, since employees who have better well-being tend to work harder, be more committed to their companies, and are overall happier at work.
Your Leadership team plays a critical role in your company culture. When Leadership shows something is a corporate priority through their words and actions, the trickle-down effect can be powerful.
Bottom line: if your employees’ well-being is important to you, you’ve got to put your policies and practices behind it. Here are three great examples of Leadership creating a culture of well-being at their companies.
Ariana Huffington Believes in “Disconnecting”
Ariana Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, believes that really disconnecting from work is a great way to increase employee well-being and productivity. To make good on this belief, Ariana created an app that “deletes” employee emails while they’re on vacation!
The emails “return” when the employee does, but Ariana believes that “Everybody (including me), can testify to the fact that you return to work deeply recharged.”
Lisa Hannum Helps Employees find “Renewal”
Thanks in part to their well-being program, Lisa Hannum, the founder of the PR Firm Beehive, has created an environment employees love to be a part of. “The sense of renewal is incredibly powerful,” said one Beehive employee, referring to the “InZone” a quiet space without Wi-Fi or distractions.
Beehive constantly engages employees through weekly meditation and yoga classes, produce deliveries, a cardio room, and employee retreats. Hannum also had the office go through a complete redesign, taking into account Feng Shui principles of color, improved air flow, and increased natural lighting. “Everyone has natural light—every room, every hallway, every office,” says Hannum.
Preventure Takes a Top-Down Approach to Motivate Employees
Since Leadership is the public face of a well-being strategy, we help CEOs create letters to their employees that introduce their well-being program, create awareness, and motivate their employees to participate. Each letter is personalized and comes from the CEO, President, or another C-level executive.
The CEO Letter is sent to all employees and discusses the goals of the program and its importance within the context of the company’s values and priorities. It demonstrates the importance upper management places in its workforce, showing employees that their company cares about their well-being. And we don’t stop there. Showing Senior Level support has to be central to your communications approach. Highlighting management participation in program in the portal or newsletters; recruiting management into visible competitions; and sending management-level reports to all employees on the program’s success help keep the message clear year-round.