Well-being, the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.
Since the beginning of the week, the World Health Organization has recognized burnout as a disease. This state of being, which previously was commonly used without real definition, is today qualified as a syndrome resulting from stress often starting in the workplace. It is a feeling of exhaustion and inefficiency. This burnout syndrome worries 63% of French employees and affects over 40% of the US workforce. Companies now have to react.
Work is no longer just a source of income; we are now talking about fulfillment at work. It has become a major feature for many of us. So, before applying to a company, many of us also make sure that it does not impact on our well-being.
Many companies are integrating this concept into their internal management. We are now talking about QWL, quality of working life. The objective of this approach is to improve living conditions in the workplace on a daily basis. It includes all the factors to feel good and perform better regardless of one’s position. It includes health, interest, safety, relationships, the environment, and the processes to implement to feel good.
This shift has multiple reasons. Many burnout (and even suicide) cases resulted from a lack of recognition of employees’ well-being. With burn-out companies also see increased turnover, bore-out (boredom at work), stress, chronic fatigue, etc. These conditions have proved to be very costly for companies (over $300B worldwide), but also for the employees themselves.
Quality of life at work is not free, it requires a constant investment from companies to maintain well-being daily. However, this investment is beneficial for each of the parties over the long term. In fact, the more employees feel good, the better their work, and in turn, the more satisfied companies are – QED!
Who said we cannot be happy at work?
That’s right, we spend most of our time at work. It is therefore essential to feel good! According to a recent survey, employees believe that well-being at work is more important than salary and mobility! The same old routine, day in day out, is so old fashion!
Beyond the salary and the brand identity of the company, it is important to study its culture and its working conditions.
– Here are 6 tips to help you consider job offers to choose the one that will optimize your well-being!
1. The business environment.
You need to think carefully about the environment in which you would like to grow. Do you imagine yourself in a big company or a startup? You should know that these two types of businesses have completely different modes of operations. It is true that in a small company you will be more likely to have responsibilities than in a big company, but ask yourself if you have the profile for it because you could also feel lost as nobody will dictate to you what you need to do.
2. Job offer.
Study the job description carefully. You need to make sure that the job offered to you matches what you want to do. This is a job that you will do for a while and it is essential that you like it (to be the best version of yourself). The risk is that you don’t feel comfortable and your effectiveness is reduced.
3. The workplace.
Think about the place you want to work at! It may sound superficial but you have to think about it before applying for a job. Is the office far from home? How long will it take to go to work or to go back home? In addition, it is important that the workplace is light, airy and conducive to well-being. Working in a cellar will not help you flourish! You can also think of telecommuting, if the place is too far from home, or not suitable, it may be the best way for you to change air and enjoy a more pleasant and similar work environment. Telework has become more popular in recent years and some companies offer it to their employees. This could allow you to better reconcile work and personal life.
4. Values and corporate culture.
Make sure you share the same values as the company you are applying to. You will feel better and it will improve your integration within the team. From then on, you will more easily evolve within the company if your values are aligned.
5. The atmosphere within the company.
You can quizz the employees during the interview process to evaluate the atmosphere within the company. Do not be afraid, they will say it if they are not happy, and if they are, they will let you know!
Be curious about knowing what is done to help people feel good within the company. (hint: a ping-pong table is not enough!)
Everyone knows that a company where employees feel good also heavily promotes good teamwork. In recent years, new jobs have emerged in companies, which consist of promoting well-being and have a positive working atmosphere. And the ideas put in place are sometimes surprising. Some offer employees to break for lunch at a set time so everyone can meet and spend time together. Others offer weekly breakfasts or group stretching exercises each morning. Others even invite their employees to meet in the evenings outside working hours to run, have a drink or grab dinner … etc.
The goal is to make work a place where life is good and where people are fulfilled.
6. Business Flexibility.
It is also very important to learn about the benefits of working at a given company. Based on where you are in the world, this will vary a lot. Benefits can be multiple and can influence your choice between two companies. Some companies make a point of honor to maintain a balance between your personal and professional life, without one encroaching upon the other. While others will not worry about this balance.
Finally, you can obtain a lot of information on the internet to see the level of wellbeing within a company. As an example, the Choose My Company website rewards companies in which employees are happy to work. According to the ranking of the year 2018, we find in the first place of large companies the firm Accenture, a giant of services to businesses and administrations. For the startup category, it is Synomia, a consulting agency. To see the other ones, visit the rankings.
It is hard to believe that a less tired, less stressed and happier employee is less productive.
You will also have to play your part in the process, and even though these tips are there to help you, it’s up to you to make sure everything is going well.
Let’s face it, productivity and well-being are two interrelated and complimentary terms, but they can also quickly become contradictory. We must, therefore, ensure that one does not take precedence over the other.
- If you are slacking off at work, take a step back! Refocus on yourself and fill up on good energies!
- Stress can sometimes boost your productivity, but when it’s too strong, it will overwhelm you and make you unproductive. Take care of yourself, you’re not a machine, trust yourself and everything will be fine!
- List what you have to do, productivity goes through time management. (If you want to better manage your time, checkout article). For app users, there are many digital tools to list what you have to do in order of priority.
- Communicate effectively with your colleagues. Communication is the pillar of productivity. Otherwise, you may end up with many misunderstandings.
- Reach out to others! It is essential to integrate with your team. Start the discussion, get to know them and create a link with them, you’ll be happy to go to work each day.