Improve performance and productivity

Our approach: Improve performance & productivity

The need to increase the performance and productivity of the workforce is so often cited as the number one priority. But usually, traditional approaches like competency-based performance management, working smarter and LEAN have already been ‘done’ in the business. In reality, the search for new drivers of performance or, in the private sector, new sources of competitive advantage, is never ending.

The link between psychological wellbeing and business performance is now well established, but that’s not to say that most organisations have already ‘done’ wellbeing. On the contrary, for many it is a work in progress, for still more psychological wellbeing remains largely untapped, (view article).

This search for performance and productivity improvement has been further sharpened by the need to ‘do more with less’ which has left businesses with fewer employees and more work than ever before. As a result, the need for an engaged and motivated workforce with high levels of wellbeing and discretionary effort has never been stronger.

The '6 Essentials™' of workplace wellbeing are central to our approach to performance improvement. Because of the proven link between wellbeing and productivity, as well as our own experience of working with clients, we know that organisational improvements in wellbeing can translate to performance gains. The '6 Essentials™' are critical because they provide the specific levers to pull to improve wellbeing - rather than seeing it as a single, unfathomable entity. 

In terms of specific interventions: your business case for investing in wellbeing will define your performance goals at different levels in the organisation; diagnostics will help identify the priority areas to focus on; leadership development and training will help managers to create the most productive environment for their teams and developing resilience helps people perform well, even in the face of setbacks. Our watchwords are ‘keep pressure positive’!

  • Tap into a new source of competitive advantage/performance improvement.
  • Set performance goals and measure the way the improvements in wellbeing help you to achieve them.
  • Use the '6 Essentials™' to find the blockers of wellbeing and productivity in your business.
  • Enhance the capability of individuals and teams.
  • Develop leaders to create a wellbeing culture.
  • Use pressure positively to drive performance.
  • Balance challenge with support.

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