“Most executives didn’t set out to become societal leaders, but this is the responsibility bestowed upon them by the times.” – Paul Polman, Former CEO Unilever (Financial Times, Feb 2022)
Whether we care to admit it or not, we spend the majority of our time engaged in work activities or thinking about what we need to do for work. Our commitments to our employers, or even our own businesses, are not to be taken lightly. Some of us believe that our work fundamentally represents who we are. While others may not identify as closely, they still find value in something their job has to offer. This is hugely important to business leaders who are seeking to achieve what every organization sets out to do – earn greater returns for its shareholders – because leaders can’t get there without highly effective teams.
Well-Being in Metaphysical Business
In recent years we have experienced a great shift in work styles and requirements due to global pandemic demands. We’re also witnessing a shift in how employees see themselves and their relationships with the organizations they serve. Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are transitioning to retirement or to less demanding roles. Millennials and Gen Zers are increasingly interested in pursuing their passions and deriving purpose from the work that they do. In order to do this, employees need high well-being for high performance. Well-being in organizations extends further than just offering sick/personal days off and full insurance coverage.
Well-being goes beyond the physical aspects of work. Well-being includes the wholeness of who we are as human beings, and it is the physical and the metaphysical. Let’s be clear. We are part body, part mind, and part soul. To fully ignore 66.6% of who we are as human beings, mind, and soul, does us a significant disservice in creating the most value for ourselves and our companies. Right?!
If it is proven that self-awareness enables employees to see themselves more clearly, then why wouldn’t we want to invest in resources that create more intentional opportunities for employees to be more confident, creative, and collaborative? As we know, operating from higher levels of awareness leads to sounder, more enlightened decisions. Employee well-being directly impacts business outcomes.
When you have highly effective, self-aware leaders in your organization, then you have more empowered and satisfied employees. They co-create a more profitable bottom line. This is the era of #MetaBusiness.
Erin "Master EL" Patten is the founder and CEO of Erin Patten and Associates, a metaphysical management consultancy whose mission is to unlock the energetic potential of individuals and the teams they serve to experience a leveling up in consciousness that leads to more successful, creative and socially aware organizations.