Category: Life at GoodWorks

How to Monitor Employee Wellness and Why?

“We are embedding health and well-being at the heart of our business strategy because our people are our greatest asset, and we recognize that a healthy, happy and committed workforce is vital to our business success.” — Alex Gourlay, MD, Boots UK

With the pandemic and work-from-home taking over the existing working model, organizations noticed the impact of Employee Wellness, the latest buzzword in the professional industries. Many organizations lacked the necessary work boundaries, time check, etc. which led to decreased employees’ satisfactions and motivations. Initially, firms used to focus on providing physical health benefits but now, employee wellness is so much more than just physical fitness. 

So what is Employee Wellness?

It is all about optimizing the overall well-being of the employees — primarily physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being. A healthy workforce is a productive workforce, as good health and wellness leads to increased productivity and employee focus, and reduced company healthcare costs. Going into the depth of the importance of employee wellness and simple ways to monitor it. 

  • Employee Engagement

Enhanced and engaging conversations amongst employees is a great way to build employee wellness. Many HR departments try to incorporate programs which involve team-building activities. As per Semos Cloud, research says that 85% of companies have benefited from wellness programs that support employee engagement. Other than far-reaching programs, giving positive feedback, one-on-one sessions, and employee recognition are some simple ways to engage employees on a personal level with the firm.

  • Enhanced Employee Productivity

Employee Wellness checks on a timely basis helps identify the concern areas and gives employers enough data to connect with specific employees and communicate the solutions. For example, sending out feedback surveys, tracking the working hours (Is it frequent over-time?), tracking sick leaves, etc. can help employers get a fair idea of all the employees and have a transparent conversation.

  • Talent Attraction & Retention

Adapting to Employee Wellness programs help employers build a better company portfolio which, in turn, helps attract the right talent. Prospective employees are increasingly value-driven and equally aware with access to vast knowledge. To maintain employee loyalty and retain talent, such values need to be seen in action. Exit interviews are also a simple way to understand the underlying concerns of the employees’ in general and the management.

Conclusion

Employee wellness is a combined effort of the employers, employees and the society as a whole. For starters, employers can invest in organizing activities like mediation, yoga sessions, marathons, etc. as group activities. They can also provide gym memberships, counseling sessions, subscription to wellness apps, etc. for keeping track of emotional wellness. For financial wellness, firms can help organize talks around finance topics with industry experts. For introverted employees, one-on-one sessions with the manager or the direct leadership can help to keep the conversation going.

As a leading company in India that provides high-end digital platform strategy and services, GoodWorkLabs makes sure to support the overall well-being of our employees and the workspace as a whole and our actions always reflect our policies.

To learn more, head over to our homepage at: https://www.goodworklabs.com/

 

Importance of Diversity in Leadership

“A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.” – Sundar Pichai

For decades, discussion about Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity (DIE) has been ongoing, but only a few organizations have championed it. Thanks to the pandemic, many companies are now re-evaluating their leadership teams on a different set of criteria. But what is Diverse Leadership? Diversity leadership involves recognizing the cultural differences and adapting strategies and processes that work for a wider variety of people. Diversification is one thing – distribution is another matter. To build an inclusive culture, companies should have a diverse leadership team. The categories for diversity, on a broader spectrum, are gender, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, economic background, and so forth. 

How does Diverse Leadership play an important role in any organization and how to execute and build on it?

Read below to know more –

  • Enhanced Company Culture

A diverse leadership opens up avenues for better employee-employer relationships. Employees feel important and witness their representation, which in turn builds trust in the organization and the leadership. Employees are more likely to stay longer in the firm as they envisage their future there.


Seeking out diverse candidates isn’t hard. Recruiting those candidates and placing them in an environment where different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences are appreciated is more difficult. If companies have done this correctly it should be reflected in the makeup of the management team. Once a company has this kind of environment, diverse candidates will come and stay.” – Donald Hatter, founder, Donald Hatter Inc.

  • Wide Range of Knowledge

It’s our experiences that teach us the most — the way we witness and engage with the world around us is unique for one another. So with a diverse background of employees, the world’s insights are boundless. The range of skill sets and the awareness of the team increases which in a way, help create better customer solutions, social impacts and global opportunities.

We are building products that people with very diverse backgrounds use, and I think we all want our company makeup to reflect the makeup of the people who use our products.” — Sheryl Sandberg

  • Innovation at Best

A diverse leadership, as mentioned above, opens up platforms for open and enhanced communication. This leads to more dialogues, the incessant flow of ideas and discussions, and boosts innovations. It requires discipline, conscious listening without bias, and courage from the leadership to build a responsive and cohesive work environment to reap real benefits.

  • Company Portfolio

A company’s leadership team reflects itself. So a diverse leadership speaks for itself that the company is an all-inclusive and nurturing work environment. It also announces that the company is well-equipped to cater to any customer, as the solutions will come from a place of genuine knowledge and experience. It also enhances the company’s global engagement and impact, with well-balanced, nuanced conversations. And the most important point, the company is genuine, far away from the everyday brouhaha.

Conclusion

It’s not just about including individuals from the broad spectrum but also, developing a company mentality that willingly accepts different people and voice their opinions equally. Diverse leadership can provide training programs for the team members to help understand diversity, formal approaches, and tools to respond to each other’s differences.

As a leading company in India that provides high-end digital platform strategy and services to customers, it is our responsibility to have a diverse, knowledgeable team with an equally diverse leadership. To learn more, head over to our homepage at: https://www.goodworklabs.com/

Life at GoodWorkLabs: Leadership

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,
do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

In today’s fast-paced times, there are endless challenges at every step. At times like these, every firm setup needs leadership that adapts, motivates, and devises strategic solutions, while honoring the needs of every employee. Good leadership skills are capable of changing the course of where a firm is headed.

So what exactly is the role of the team leader? And how do we, at GoodWorkLabs, train our employees for bigger challenges? At GoodWorkLabs, with the employment of various techniques and practices, we make sure all our employees are not only getting equal opportunities to grow and expand themselves but also, prepare them for a bigger, brighter future.

Importance of a Good Leader

A team leader is someone who establishes a set of expectations, monitors progress, motivates, and provides guidance and support to the team members so that the tasks at hand can be completed successfully. The role of the leader is to be a communicator, problem-solver, and resource-provider for teams to reach set goals.

At the start of every project, the team leader does the initial hand-holding during the inception of the process. The leader must make sure the project’s health is good and to proactively address red flags and escalation if any. To avoid loss of communication in translations, we make sure to use innovative tools like JIRA, Confluence, Slack, GIT, GITLAB, Zeplin, and Invision to ensure continuous communication and collaboration across teams.

Opportunities And Learnings For Entry-Level Employees For Leadership Positions

At GoodWorkLabs, we believe that every small step matters. And every learning (big or small) can make a huge difference in your career graph and that’s why we provide several opportunities for our employees to learn leadership skills and make the best of their departments.

GoodWorkLabs believes in the Continuous Development of our employees. This is made possible through several ways – upskill/reskill. There are many comprehensive programs to groom resources such as on-the-job training, in-house talent identification programs so that they can be identified and trained methodically, and competency assessment programs to assess employee competencies, their strengths, and weaknesses, so that customized programs can be developed for these young leaders.

The hiring philosophy involves hiring problem solvers mainly and people who are passionate about technology and are well-acquainted with high scalability experience. 

Employees can also subscribe to several online courses such as Udemy, Upgrad, etc. for training on upcoming skills and technologies. 

Since GoodWorkLabs is a Google-certified agency, it is equally important for our developers to be trained by Google directly on the latest Google tech. There’s also client-specific training such as DevOps, Scrum, etc. so that we can discuss at length with our prospective clients their needs and requirements.

Conclusion

We’re always on the lookout for building, enhancing, and celebrating the huge powerhouse of talent at GoodWorkLabs. Our Talent Hunt Show held in December 2021 was also one of the many events that were organized to find the other hidden talents in our employees, other than being super awesome at developing, coding, etc.

As a leading company in India and globally that provides high-end digital platform strategy and services, it is our duty to give the equal best to our employees and our actions always reflect our policies. To learn more, head over to our homepage at: https://www.goodworklabs.com/

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