EXPANDING THE VISION OF WELL-BEING AND QUALITY OF LIFE

THE CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT

The claim that people are the most valuable asset in an organization has become almost a mantra in the business world. In an era where competition, changes and speed are constant factors in the workplace, knowledge, creativity and innovativeness of our employees are undoubtedly key factors for competitive advantage. In this scenario, the challenge is to achieve maximum performance of people, preserving their health.

In times of high stress level, pressure, high unemployment and low wages, talking about well-being and quality of life may sound almost like an ironic utopia. The big question that arises is how to improve processes, remain competitive in order to achieve the desired total quality, without compromising people’s health? How to engage people at work, without promoting wellness and quality of life?

It is necessary to rethink management. To be more competitive and sustainable, the company urgently needs to develop the well-being at work in a broader sense and not just limited to dealing with the costs of medical care, training, ergonomic improvements and issues of occupational health.  Although studies have already demonstrated that healthy professionals are more productive and competitive, you would limit yourself if you thought only about the physical aspects of health. You would risk leaving out the complexity of the human being and ignore fundamental aspects of the individual as feelings, wishes and personal needs that are not necessarily related only to the task itself.

Within this vision, work processes, relationships between partners and managers need to get in the managers agenda. In addition, you must still deal with the practical difficulties that people face in their everyday life that can go from reaching to work, to security and basic survival in their home environment.

The concept of well-being at work seen in a broader aspect involves creating a space where people can develop in all its dimensions. This includes enabling its professionals to conduct responsible choices toward a life full of purpose and meaning. This purpose is possible only through the development of a culture that supports and is consistent with the idea of getting people to fully develop. A real good place to work, is where professionals find that open space and feel welcome in their needs.

It is a fact that leaders are not always aware of the limit of pressure people can endure and that when this is exceeded, people’s productivity, motivation and creativity become fatally compromised. However, organizations that wish to achieve top positions in their fields, may only be able to do so if based on trust, frankness, transparency, and respect toward their employees. It is necessary to change the tone in the approach that must prevail. Change pressure for compromise, orders for discussion and exchange of ideas.

Listening to people of all levels and making them interact in a productive and positive way is what enables to reach the real quality of life in the workplace. Managers who understand well the idea of adding value and personal fulfillment are the ones who are able to bring back to the environment a positive, motivated and joyfull (why not?) atmosphere. Thus they actually can make the company a good place to work. The reward is the satisfaction and commitment of people.

The Association for Quality of Life in Brazil (ABQV) is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1995, which has the main objective of stimulating activities and programs of quality of life in business. The organization’s mission is to promote the concepts and awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, and especially promote the development and integration of multidisciplinary professionals focused on performance in welfare and quality of life, spreading trends, leading discussions, reflections  and forming opinions of lifestyle, environmental standards and support for welfare. It connects communities and institutions in a network of exchange and support for companies that want to build a well-structured welfare program. Through meetings, training sessions and other activities, it seeks to encourage discussions about the concept of wellness.

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SÂMIA AGUIAR BRANDÃO SIMURRO
Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/2611850276095521
Master in Psychology (USP).
MS (Psychology)
Owner Ser-Psicologia
Vvice president Brazilian Association of Quality of Life