Wellbeing in the workplace
This is a topic very close to our MD’s heart, here are a few words from Bobby “I happened to stumble by the UK luxury department store Selfridges recently and by entering, I learned that the company had launched an interesting concept: Superself. It caught my eye as a project because it aims to place the ‘self’ and inner wellbeing at the centre of their retail experience. It resonated with me because the concept of ‘self’ and how we look after ourselves is central to our culture at Vorto. It is no secret that we have many senses of self and it is by no means a singular definition or idea. We have our social selves, our past selves, our goals for our future selves. Our sense of self is defined by our values, abilities and beliefs. Naturally, our work and how we carry ourselves at work contributes to this ever changing and broad definition of self. It is for this reasoning that during this year, our team is embarking upon a group personal development course.”
The pandemic placed the concept of wellbeing at work under a huge magnifying glass. With the introduction of hybrid work models, the lines between home and work became increasingly blurred. Most importantly, it shone a spotlight upon the importance of living up to our values. Back in 2021, newspapers and articles on LinkedIn started documenting the rise of ‘the Great Resignation’, which saw a trend of people quitting their jobs since the spring of that year due to employment dissatisfaction. Employees are looking for greater balance when it comes to work-life balance and feeling appreciated by their employers.
There is a positive correlation between someone having a sense of satisfaction within their work with their sense of self. Thus, investing in the ‘self’ of a person falls into personal development. Last year, LinkedIn shared data stating that a company that places the growth of its employees at the heart of its culture by offering people development opportunities not only attracts new talent, but also helps retain talent as employees are more satisfied in their jobs. Impressively, 94% of people have shared that they would prolong their time in a company if they actively invested in their career and personal development. Research shows that if a person’s satisfaction in their job increases, their overall life satisfaction increases. As life satisfaction increases, so does their job satisfaction.
It is important to note that personal development falls under five major categories. These include social, mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Within these five different parts of personal development, people are given the tools to help themselves reach their own ‘best self’. Of course, what one person’s ‘best self’ looks like, can look completely different to somebody else. Under the five pillars of personal development, it is important to us at Vorto to give our team the support and skills in order to proactively take care of their mental health. Taking care of ourselves first is the best way to be able to care for others within our community. This is our goal here at Vorto for the year ahead and beyond.
With this in mind, we have instructed a personal development coach to start working with every staff member on an individual and team basis. We are confident this will have a huge contribution to Vorto’s productivity and growth whilst increasing general wellbeing.