One of the key factors that contributes to a mentally healthy workplace is good work design.
Good work design not only minimises workplace risks associated with poor mental health but also supports engagement and promotes wellbeing.
As the HBR article states: “we can’t fix today’s burnout culture with a wellness app. What it takes, instead, is a mindset and culture shift among managers and organizations everywhere.”
The article talks about how taking pressure off your team and asking for less effort will help to create high-performing teams without burning people out.
Renee from Thrive Lab suggests the following questions to help you start thinking about work redesign:
Have we right-sized these roles? How do we manage our incoming pipeline and our capacity?
These are questions of work design.
If you want to promote employee wellbeing – AND help your people be more effective – then it makes sense to focus on work design.
But how to start?
As design and advisory professionals, we’re familiar with the design process:
Work redesign can follow the same process, but you’re focusing on internal challenges, rather than the client brief.
Renee Jaine of Thrive Lab and the Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum have developed a guide to help organisations to improve the mental wellbeing of their people. It sets out a four-step process that organisations can follow to promote mental wellbeing.
Renee Jaine of Thrive Lab can also work with you and your team throughout any stage of your wellbeing journey. Workshops Renee offers include: