Everyone comes to work to do the very best job they can. Most likely they have goals, pressures and expectations from others. Everybody wants to develop a strong working relationship especially when leading a team. One has to understand the background, dreams, job objectives and limitations of the teammates and furthermore collaborate and influence them accordingly.

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Compassion and Leadership

Compassionate leaders lead from within, they have the ability to inspire others through encouragement and empowerment. To take the team’s performance to the next level, the leader has to focus on the qualities that come from the heart; compassion and being thoughtful. To master workplace wellbeing, one needs to treat the employees with a greater sense of care and humanity.

Furthermore, respect the unique attributes and quality of each person in the team. In such an atmosphere employees feel a greater sense of commitment to their organization, they feel more connected to each other and develop a sense of belonging with the company and ultimately better productivity.

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How to Create a Culture of Wellbeing?

Creating a culture of wellbeing starts at the top. Employees who feel cared for by their leadership do well at work. Not forgetting the benefits of taking care of the well-being and by expressing compassion to the employees; improved productivity, strengthened culture, reduced burnout and attrition.

It’s human nature to easily pass judgments and label people. Labelling people lowers their self-esteem and puts limitations on real potential. In the bargain, employees start self-doubting and unnecessarily develop imaginary fears. All this starts affecting their performance. Doubt then changes into a reality that gives rise to low self-esteem.

Remember, if one needs to master the workplace wellbeing of the employees, and want the employees to explore their best potential, then as a team lead one needs to understand being firm is absolutely fine but that does not mean one needs to discard compassion.

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The Importance of Compassion

For the best outcome and maximum productivity at the workplace, both compassion and firmness go hand in hand. It does not mean the leader has to be rude and insulting to motivate the people and get the target completed. In fact, this can take away the real meaning of leading a team towards success.

Leaders do plan, implement and manage wellness programmes. It may look great on paper but not always in reality. It’s important that leaders are open to experiment and be flexible in their approach. One can always learn and keep getting better.

Keeping the staff motivated is all about good communication and accessibility. Feedback to your team is important as they await a response from their leader. Knowing everyone’s strengths and skills to require good performance is important.

Empathy, compassion and respect are important at the time of heavy discussion so that a frank discussion takes place in a collaborative way. You can start a meeting with positive reinforcement rather than with criticism to boost morale. Setting a good example for your team members, putting up the team goals along with individual goals works the best with a sense of shared purpose.

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What Else?

Finally offering confidential help and support is the key to make the employees comfortable working and motivate them to achieve their targets and ultimately happy and satisfied with their performance.

In return, employees work towards creating a perfect balance of personal and professional life. They can comfortably manage the family, personal needs without affecting their output at work. This is the key to success.


Author: Vanita Malhotra, Counsellor and Psychotherapist at HealingClouds
To learn more about wellbeing at the workplace you can book a therapy session with Vanita here.