In a world where businesses are constantly seeking ways to innovate and stay ahead of their competition, it’s easy to forget the most important factor: people.
At the heart of every successful business is a human-centred approach, which prioritises the wellbeing and growth of its employees.
For years, the concept of putting people first has been overlooked in the pursuit of profits. However, as we face global challenges such as climate change and sustainability, it has become clear that humanising our workplaces is no longer a luxury, but a necessity.
By creating a positive and supportive workplace culture, we enable individuals to reach their full potential. Conversely, a toxic and negative culture can cause harm to both employees and the organisation as a whole. Humanising our workplaces has numerous benefits, and no downsides. It sends a message that organisations understand their responsibility to serve humanity, and contribute to creating a better world.
Most of us are connected to some form of organisation, be it a business, a community group, or a place of worship. These organisations have a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those they serve. By adopting humanising principles, we create a space where individuals feel valued and appreciated. When people feel safe and respected, they are more likely to contribute their best efforts to the organisation, creating a positive cycle of growth and success.
The pandemic has accelerated the desire for meaningful work in organisations that meet fundamental human needs. People are looking for more than just a pay check – they want to feel like they are making a difference in the world. This “great resignation” is a wake-up call for organisations that fail to prioritise their employees.
As the world of work continues to evolve, so do people’s expectations. Organisations that embrace humanising principles will have a distinct competitive advantage, projecting a brand that conveys a deep level of care for people. Putting people first is not just the right thing to do, it’s good for business
The time has come to prioritise people in the workplace. Humanising our workplaces will create a healthier, more successful world. Let us champion this message, from the boardroom to the front lines, until our final breath.