The world is constantly changing, evolving at an almost exponential rate. We cannot and should not be oblivious to this change. New technologies, the need to stay competitive, and, of course, the COVID-19 crisis this past year have impacted relationships at work and the culture of organizations. Now more than ever, we realize that the future is unpredictably disruptive; resilience and innovation are skills that must prevail at our organization. Those of us who make up the different companies are the ones who have to strengthen these foundational skills, which are so important to our future.
Our first responsibility must always be taking care of our teams’ well-being by focusing on the individual and making sure to address aspects directly related to the work environment, along with aspects related to individual circumstances. We must promote health, safety, and well-being at every level. We ensure healthy and sustainable physical work environments and work to prevent psychosocial risks; we participate in the community to improve the health of employees and their families, and we provide people with physical and emotional health resources at work and outside of it.
It is clear to me that environments where it’s difficult to be or work hinder progress and growth, which is a competitive disadvantage and a problem that must be addressed.
The evolution of occupational risk prevention
In recent years, there has been a marked evolution of a concept that goes beyond the physical environment. We’ve moved from preventing occupational hazards to a broader concept that perceives the work environment as an element for bettering each individual’s overall health and, as a result, that of the organization, families, and the community.
We seek fulfillment in our professional life, and we enjoy what we do or the results we obtain. We want to feel good in our professional environment.
However each of us interprets our work, the influence it has on our lives is undeniable. We must therefore attend to the need to work as aligned with ensuring the well-being of those who make up our organization at all levels. In addition to having a positive impact on ourselves, it also affects the company and its results.
We all must be leaders
That is why I dare to say that the health of a company is the health of each and every one of us who are part of it.
In this regard, we must all be leaders in our respective areas of responsibility and environments. In my opinion, a good leader must always bear in mind the importance of leading by example, the values that define the organization, and continually promoting new initiatives and solutions to protect the health, safety, and well-being of the people they work with. Taking care of talent, working together on fostering teams, and implementing an innovative, collaborative culture are key ingredients to keeping the company healthy, building trust, and discovering new opportunities for personal and business growth.
As a leader, it is essential to have clear short-, medium-, and long-term goals for health, safety, and well-being. Be humble and get those you work with to bring out the best of themselves. Taking care of ourselves keeps us ready to face today’s world. That is why I choose to invest in health, safety, and well-being.
I am convinced that committing to health and well-being will determine the degree of success that all of us together can achieve at our company.