Happiness in the workplace – the science bit

How WeThrive helps you change the way your people feel about work.

Understanding your people

All your staff are intelligent, creative and collaborative, motivated to solve problems and get the work done… Well, they would be in an ideal world.

You want collaboration, intelligent performance and discretionary effort. Get the best from your people and your business will thrive.

This depends entirely on the culture, conditions and attitudes in the workplace, because stress, anxiety and cortisol sap your people’s brain power.

Wethrive measures how well your organization is doing so you can fix workplace problems and help your staff achieve their full potential.

Understanding your people & happiness in the workplace

4C model - key to happiness in the workplace

Multiple triggers can cause low engagement, underperformance and retention problems, and it’s often hard to diagnose exactly why people are not working optimally. Our 4C model for intelligent performance makes it easy to understand the causes of stress and anxiety in the workplace and the negative effect they have on motivation, engagement and performance.

It goes deeper than traditional surveys, revealing the underlying cognitive, social and emotional needs of the people in your organisation. WeThrive takes the latest and best thinking on human neuroscience and psychology and turns it into something you can use easily every day to help your people.

The benefits of using WeThrive

The end result? Staff will experience less upset and frustration at work, so they will be calmer. They will also be able to give work their undivided attention – anxiety saps brain power – effectively reducing intelligence – reducing this effect is a key benefit of using WeThrive. Freeing the mind means staff can have a better experience at work and get more done.

As a result they will feel more satisfied by their day’s work and be more likely to come in to work the next day. This means fewer sick days or duvet days, and better staff retention.

In this frame of mind people are also more imaginative and creative – vital attributes in the knowledge economy. They are also less likely to defend territory or form silos, and teams are able to work together as teams, rather than as a group of individuals.

If that seems a big ambition just try WeThrive on a group of your people and see how much unacknowledged stress there is in their working lives – we guarantee you will be surprised.

How do I apply this to my organisation?

If you have read this far, the chances are you’re already doing a lot to help your people. WeThrive sits alongside your other initiatives, showing where they are most needed and why, and giving you a wider perspective on why a particular idea would work in a particular team.

WeThrive has two levels – the Expert plan shows you a team-level picture and the Guru plan gives you the fine detail, going right down to the cognitive, practical, social and emotional conditions as seen by each individual team member.

Some organisations use WeThrive tactically where a team is in trouble, others use it in the annual engagement or review process. Some managers like to use it in connection with new projects, either when team-building or as a way of finding out why a team has not ‘gelled’. One popular formula is to run WeThrive 3 or 4 times a year, using the December survey to inform the annual review.

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