LIMA — At the Chamber of Commerce’s Connections event on Thursday, guest speaker Michael Schoenhofer discussed the importance of workplace well being and how it can affect employee performance.
Schoenhofer believes management can make a difference in their business if they focus on their well being. A healthy employee has a positive workplace perception and performs exceptionally.
“If you have this going on in your workplace, employees are more cooperative, more helpful, they’re more punctual, more productive, show up more days of work, and they are more loyal and stay with the company longer,” he said.
Schoenhofer not only believes management should focus on employees’ well being, but they should also value others’ opinions. Millennials aren’t as hard to figure as some would expect.
“They are looking for more meaning, more connection, and a sense of purpose in work,” he said. “Today people have choices so we have to make sure that the workers we have feel connected and they have the positive workplace perception,” he said. “It doesn’t cost a lot of money. It’s just human connection between you and your employees. When you have a connection with your employees, they will work twice as hard.”
He says two important issues today are toxic work environments and starting/maintaining a work-life balance.
Management has to create an environment where is is hard for toxic people to thrive by holding people accountable and not showing favoritism.
He also says it’s important to check on employees who are acting out of character because they may be struggling with something in their personal life.
“If you talk to them, that may be the encouragement that they need to get help,” he said. “Wouldn’t you rather help get them the help that they need than firing them and going through that process?”
Schoenhofer said employers should work to be sure employees are satisfied and are fit for their jobs.
“If you focus your energy on communication of encouragement, challenge, recognition regularly and make a safe environment, you’ll find a culture of innovation, creativity, motivation and energy that leads to exceptional performance.”
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