23rd May 2024 Elise

Unlocking The Potential Of My Team

Organisations face a volatile future, uncertainty and change impacting the productivity of team members, which ultimately impacts profitability.

The challenges and changes to our lives and working environment post-pandemic have made mental wellbeing a critical issue for individuals, teams, and leaders.

The aftermath is a recognition that organisations should support their team’s mental health and wellbeing. However, the plethora of traditional reactive resources are falling short of providing long-term, meaningful change.

To identify the key challenges individuals experience, the impact these have at the organisation level, and what WOULD have impact, we interviewed leading HR professionals across SMEs, enterprise, and corporate sectors.

This research informed the positioning of a proactive, evidence-based approach to productivity and mental fitness, designed to directly help with these key challenges and create a thriving team and organisation. The Thriver Programme.

Key Workplace Challenges

HR leaders identified several critical challenges impacting their organisations:

  • Employee Engagement and Productivity: Issues like presenteeism and absenteeism.

  • Evolution of the Workforce: Difficulty coping with change and uncertainty about the future, especially with the impact of AI and technology.

  • Talent Retention: Challenges in developing and retaining key talent and future leaders.

  • Inappropriate Behaviour and Internal Politicking: Issues that disrupt team dynamics.

  • Hybrid Working: Struggles with work-life balance

  • Inability To Cope: The inability to cope with day-to-day challenges is sometimes written off as a mental health problem.

The Daily Impact of These Challenges

Here are the specific ways these challenges affect individual productivity and effectiveness:

  • Distraction: Employees are easily distracted and procrastinate, especially on tasks without immediate deadlines or rewards. Many feel unsure about where to focus their time and efforts.

  • Setback: Feeling deflated by mistakes and setbacks often leads to slipping into comfort zones or distraction to avoid tough work or risk or vulnerability and mistakes.

  • Confidence: Limiting beliefs can prevent employees from taking action or stepping out of their comfort zones.

  • Conversation: Difficult conversations are often avoided or deferred to managers, leading to unresolved issues and strained relationships.

  • Motivation: Beyond financial compensation, employees seek purpose and development opportunities to stay motivated.

  • Work/Life Balance: Many struggle to mentally switch off from work, feeling always on and not fully present with friends and family, particularly in remote working setups.

The Truth Of Employee Assistance Programs

Despite significant investments in the traditional go to wellbeing resources like Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and mental health first aiders organisations still face the above persistent issues affecting costs, culture, and performance.

Whilst critical for signposting individuals in crisis situations, they address the majority of the workforce who aren’t in crisis but are struggling and not working or living to their potential due to mindset challenges.

Problems with Current Solutions

  1. Reactive Only: Solutions are implemented only after problems arise.

  2. Underutilised: Due to lack of relevance, complexity, time constraints, and insufficient communication about available resources, resources are often underutilised.

  3. Time Constraints: Employees often don’t feel they can prioritise self-development amidst reactive operational demands.

  4. Lack of Follow Up: 87% of what we learn is lost within 1 month without regular follow up.

How To Have True Impact

A shift is needed from just supporting mental health to proactively building mental fitness.

Empowering employees with an evidence based, tangible and proactive mental fitness toolkit that can be integrated into their daily lives is crucial.

These skills help employees become more focused, resilient, confident, motivated, empathetic. Therefore, improving productivity, effectiveness and ultimately organisation profitability.

High Impact Focus Areas

To build a thriving workforce, organisations should embed a proactive approach to productivity and mental fitness into their team members Big Rocks.

In the Focus module of the Thriver module we introduce the phrase ‘Big Rock’; a key task / activity that drives success (whatever that is to each of us). Some of our Big Rocks are not urgent, but they are important. Delaying them means there’s a consequence or impact down the line.

Carving time for development and ongoing implementation of what we learn is a Big Rock but is often overlooked and usurped by busying.

The consequence is that the impact is not felt, the change and results are short lived, and the investment not optimised.

Our research highlighted 4 key points to assist here:

  1. Toolkit Installation: Ensure employees understand why mental fitness matters, how the tools work, and how to implement them in their lives.

  2. Ongoing Accountability: Like physical fitness, mental fitness requires regular practice. Providing regular accountability, review and benchmarking enables ongoing progress.

  3. Tangible Tools: Tools should be simple to use and easily accessible during the workday.

  4.  Leaders First: This is so often said, but rarely observed and actioned. If a leader prioritises their own productivity and mental fitness proactively, guess what, the team is more likely to as well.

The Thriver Approach

Thriver is positioned as a solution to this research, the toolkit is taken from the latest evidence based thought leadership and developed into a tangible, proactive toolkit to truly unlock potential.

Learn The Thriver Toolkit:

-2 day in person workshop,

-4 mornings live on zoom,

– bitesize via 8 bi-weekly 1 hour zoom workshops.

Accountability To Implement The Thriver Toolkit:

  • ‘Plan – Do – Review’: Guided weekly review drop-in session.

  • Monthly masterclass: Deep dive solutions to specific problems. For example, ‘Stop Putting Off, Start Doing’.

  • Daily Mental Fitness Workout: 5 bitesize tools designed to fit into a busy day, via our Pocket Mentor app.

Review and Refresh:

  • Thriver online provides the toolkit broken down into bitesize chunks for an accessible refresh.

Leaders Support:

  • Mentors playbook provides conversation guides and exercise templates to help leaders help their team integrate the Thriver toolkit.

The Results

A recent Thriver cohort experienced:

50% less likely to be distracted from important work

75% reduction in experiencing unhelpful limiting beliefs that make you doubt your ability

50% less deflated by mistakes or when things don’t go to plan

100% increase in feeling motivated and purposeful

75% less likely to react instantly

50% increase in being able to mentally switch off from work.

It Will Take A Bold Leader

With the urgency of operational life at the forefront of many organisations, it will take forward-thinking and bold leaders to recognise the importance of this proactive approach. Investing in mental fitness now will pay dividends in building a resilient, engaged, and high-performing workforce in the future.

It involves seeing yourself and your people as your greatest tool to success—whatever that looks like to each of us and the organisation—and truly investing in prioritising their mental fitness and personal effectiveness, trusting this will combine to have a big impact on the organisation.

Organisations can either stay stuck in these challenges or start prioritising their teams’ greatest tool—their mental fitness—to thrive in the challenges and opportunities of the 21st-century workplace and beyond.

Prioritising proactive mental fitness care, through a tangible and accessible evidence-based toolkit that provides the necessary accountability and ongoing consistency for long-term meaningful change to the individual, is the robust way to overcome key workplace challenges and create a thriving workforce.

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