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Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin (right) recently talked to employers and employees about wellness in the workplace at NSCC, Amherst Campus.
AMHERST – Workplace productivity increases when values between employer and employees are aligned, but the productivity loop can implode on itself when values are at odds.
“When you think about your own company’s values and mission ask yourself it is in line with your own goals and values,” said Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin during a wellness workshop recently held at the Nova Scotia Community College, Amherst Campus. “If they’re not aligned maybe you’re not in the right place, and every day you’re at work you’re in conflict with yourself and who you are.”
To avoid that conflict, Smith-McCrossin said it’s important for employees to prioritize their lives. For example, if family is most important to your life then you should work for an employee who takes family needs serious.
Many employers have strategic plans to address employee needs but Smith-McCrossin said more could be done.
She said it’s a good idea for employees to help their employer develop a strategic plan, and then discussed 13 practices that could be implemented to help create a sustainable, healthy workplace.
They include: Selectivity in recruiting, by choosing the right people right away for the right job; Higher wages, which can send a message that the organization values its people; Information sharing, which empowers employees by informing them of company strategies; Cross-training, which can make the job more interesting; and Promotion from within, which can provide incentive for performing well.
No matter what wellness plan is adopted by an employer, Smith-McCrossin said it’s important for each individual to have a personal wellness plan.
“Design your own wellness plan, improving your own personal wellness, and focus on ways to work together to improve your company’s productivity,” she said.