The New Age work culture has arrived, but the scope of human interactions has not diminished – on the contrary, the changing environment has further amplified the need now. Festive occasions further remind us of the importance of heart-to-heart communication between employers and employees. Chemistry grows bolder during a festival time as grand as Diwali, the festival of lights.
Probably India’s finest spectacle when it comes to celebrations, the big occasion marks the time to reconnect.
Come October 24, the festival will be celebrated across India and beyond among Indian communities. To mark the holiday, offices and homes are decorated with candles, earthen lamps and brightly colored rangolis. More than material gifts, emotional well-being, feeling cared for, safety and security may be more important to employees.
This is also the time to resolve to make the office environment happy. Business and HR leaders feel the need to focus on ways to create a dynamic and inclusive workplace culture. In the business world, it’s crucial to make your employees feel valued and supported. In this special video, People Matters shares ideas for creating an inclusive work culture.
Provide empathy and a flexible work culture
Empathy is not a new concept at all. Emphasis has been placed on the term while describing good leadership traits. The subject has become a top management priority now. Empathy in the workplace is a crucial part of emotional intelligence and leadership skills that improves human connection and leads to more trust.
Creating a flexible work culture can be a perfect gift for business leaders and HR to their employees this Diwali. It’s a known fact that flexibility is no longer limited to the work-from-home format. New and existing employees prefer flexible locations and hours. Allowing employees to work at times that suit them can do a lot of good, as it increases productivity. Gradually, the need for a “flexible work module” is felt among managers and the emphasis is placed on recruitment announcements. It is a well-known fact that a good corporate culture is vital for business growth.
Prioritize two-way communication, warm conversation builds trust
More than any material gift during Diwali, promises to make the working environment pleasant for employees should be most important to the. To bridge the gap between staff and management, there should be two-way communication through an online meeting or a phone conversation. A one-on-one dialogue opens the channel of communication and a warm conversation can often eliminate differences. An email interaction may not be successful in developing engagement between employees and management.
Add the human touch to increase the happiness quotient
Long-term success relies on building relationships with employees. Creating a stress-free and happy workplace boosts productivity. A recent survey conducted by ITC Fiama in conjunction with NielsenIQ released on World Mental Health Day found that 57% of millennials believe mental health issues have a significant impact on their work performance. According to them, work pressure, lack of work-life balance and having a difficult boss are major stressors. These results indicate that poor mental health can have a detrimental impact on the workforce and that there is a need to take a proactive approach to mental wellbeing within their organizations.
Leading by example is key – honesty and authenticity are a must
They say there is a difference between a manager and a leader. “Managers do things well. Leaders do the right things.”
As a leader, part of your job is to encourage the people around you to go the extra mile to succeed. In turn, the company leaps to greatness.
HR and business leaders need to lead by example, even if it’s not an easy task. Leaders should constantly ask themselves if their actions are helping their team members prepare for their next professional help. Leaders should also focus on improving their behavior towards their colleagues and be an influencer and inspire them to achieve their professional goals. Additionally, leaders must be active, honest, trustworthy and integrity listeners.
Make employees feel loved through recognition and feedback
To keep your employees motivated and hard at work, regular feedback and recognition should be part of regular communication.
Diwali is an opportunity to share and nurture! It offers relief from a day of busy and strenuous corporate life where everything is hard to achieve. it’s up to you – how much better can you do for others around you. If leaders can make their teammates happy, it would help them do more in return. Diwali is a perfect opportunity to connect with people, and with all these ideas, you can make them happen.