The age-old argument of whether salary or wellbeing is more important still hasn’t been solved, and in truth, smart bosses recognise that we all need a balance of both.
Now, top dogs from digital companies including Starcom, MediaCom and The Future Laboratory have shared their top tips at a panel hosted by Propel and Ada’s List.
These professional leaders have seen how HR can offer vital support. They’ve developed and adopted new ways to improve staff wellbeing, and are already brushed up on the challenges the future holds. They may not have all the answers, but wise businesses will take not of their advice. Will your company take note?
Reflect on and share your own experiences
- “Think about when you are your most productive, when are you smashing it out of the park, and use that insight to help your employees perform to the best of their abilities,” says Rasmussen.
- “Also talk more at work and don’t allow technology to replace conversation.
- “Put a bit of yourself on the table, and start communicating: if you start sharing things as an authority figure, great stuff will come back your way.”
Embrace diversity & showcase your strengths
- “We have to look at the whole gambit: different sexual orientations, different races, different religions, different belief systems, as well as different genders,” says McGlashan.
- “Go to your organisation and find the thing that’s pretty cool and promote the crap out of it.”
- “Talking about the awesome stuff helps to get other people on board to create more awesome stuff.”
Prepare for the future now
- “What we tend to do is to work out what we need now and then try and evolve over time,” says Follows. “But you want to try and think about what the future is going to be like in 30 years and work backwards.”
- “Some of the skills you’ll need will be adaptability, efficiency, effective problem solving and multidisciplinary – we need to hire now to make us fit for the future.”
Focus on your staff & meet their needs
Regional HR Director, Western Europe at Starcom MediaVest Group – one of the world’s largest media networks in the world with clients including Samsung, Honda and Heineken. Before joining Starcom Nottingham held senior HR roles at London Stock Exchange, Epson, and ad agencies Shandwick and Grey London. She’s led Starcom MediaVest Group into the Sunday Times Top 100 for number of consecutive years now, has chaired the Future of Talent Strategy Group for the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) and was awarded a Fellowship of the IPA for her contribution to the advertising industry. It’s fair to says she knows her industry.
- “People always seem obsessed with the exit interview, but I’ve never ever understood that,” said Nottingham. “What I’m more interested in is finding out why do people stay on, what we’re doing right, and what the gap is.”
- “Know what’s going on where you are, how people are feeling, start growing some focus groups around wellbeing, ask questions and talk.”
Know each other & respect your differences
- “Gone are the days where it’s the responsibility of just leaders, or just HR, or just middle managers to make sure that we understand each other and our own employees,” says Langdon.
- “Gone are the days where I expect people to be at their desks at the same time as I am, or to think of me badly of because I’m not at my desk.”
- “We have to make sure we bring out the best out each other, and understand that our lives are very, very different.”
via Kitty Knowles at The Memo