“Besides the work-life balance and encouraging people to be active, development is the third driver of motivation that leads to organizational health,” Ravenshorst continues. “Getting better at things you are supposed to do is not only motivational but also releases stress. It makes you feel comfortable in handling complex issues and incidents and gives you confidence in difficult situations. It also makes it possible to take on more responsibility and gives you more autonomy in planning your own work. For Basefarm, the higher the motivation and the skills level of our employees, the greater is their contribution to the realization of the company’s goals.”
Please give three examples how to improve wellbeing at the workplace.
“It is key to encourage initiatives to improve wellbeing in the organization,” explains Ravenshorst. “Once people have seen it in one team, they often want to do something similar in their own team as well. It creates a sort of snowball effect.”
He says examples that we have seen in Basefarm are:
- Team Activity: Participate in a sport event. Many people run nowadays and almost everyone can do it. Setting a goal to participate in a run stimulates people to train together, share training plans and results. This makes it a sort of social event after work, and also creates a feeling of belonging.
- Physical wellbeing: Walk during lunch breaks. Create a movement in the organization; start with a few people and more people will join. Just 15-20 minutes is already good and you release tension and stress and also get some exercise and can work better.
- Psychological wellbeing: Create awareness on techniques for stress relief, for example by practicing mindfulness exercises, organizing yoga sessions and time-management activities. Most of the time you do not recognize or admit that you are overworked or stressed. That means that most of the time others will probably observe it. Addressing this by organizing activities often works better than confronting people with your observation.
Ready to go! Twenty employees from Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands joined forces during one of the largest running events in the world #damtotdamloop2017
Thank you, Marcel, for sharing with us best practices on how to create a thriving environment and culture. Also, how to build a great place to work.
About Marcel Ravenshorst: Marcel is SVP Human Resources at Basefarm. He has been working in the IT industry for more than 20 years. He is experienced with different levels of service providing, hosting and outsourcing. Marcel has high professional expertise in the fields of Business Development, Business Strategy, Marketing, Sales, Change Management, Outsourcing, Start-ups and HR Strategy.