When we think of how success is measured in corporate America, we’re drawn to focus on the achievements of financially driven, traditional business goals. It goes the same for measuring the health of the organization, in that we base these successes on and organization’s financial statements and outcomes. This may seem like an appropriate way to determine success, but there’s much more to it.
To gain a deeper understanding, we must first identify and understand what makes a company a company, the forces that help it run like a well-oiled machine, and the role corporate and individual health plays in its success.
A company is made up of individuals who work along with technology to produce positive outcomes and garner overall success for an organization. The health and wellbeing of these individuals (mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially) is vitally important to helping a company run smoothly and successfully.
Geoff Colvin, Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine, and author of “Humans are Underrated,” noted that the elements that make humans valuable (and businesses successful) are also the elements that support their health and the health of an organization. These include: empathy, creativity, storytelling, humor, and the ability to create deep and meaningful human interaction.
To continue being successful, employers must do what it takes to maintain a healthy, happy workforce. You must foster, encourage, and support these key elements. You must create an ethos of cultural sensitivity, manage workplace diversity in a constructive and professional manner, reinforce the importance of relationship building, and promote co-creativity and positive interaction. Simply put, it all boils down to this…Healthy employees make for healthy businesses which make for healthy communities.