For over 6 years now, I have worked to improve the health of those working in the square mile of London. Over this time I began to notice patterns correlating between issues, habits, struggles and achievements. But these correlations were not just limited to health outcomes; in fact, they often materialised and manifested in work performance. Many people will have …
For over 6 years now, I have worked to improve the health of those working in the square mile of London. Over this time I began to notice patterns correlating between issues, habits, struggles and achievements. But these correlations were not just limited to health outcomes; in fact, they often materialised and manifested in work performance.
These days, from a coaching perspective, I work almost exclusively with senior executives and utilise the latest technology available in performance, health and body composition monitoring. This gives me a great deal of data as output, which can be leveraged to influence the health and performance of these executives, but also to also continue spotting patterns across the bigger picture.
From performance reviews to a high-performance culture, the word ‘performance’ gets a lot of use in the corporate world. But like many such terms, it seems to mean different things to different people.
For some it is purely a gauge of productivity and output, whilst for others they see it as a measure of efficiency.
At Tailored Fit, we have spent 6 years developing multi-faceted strategies to help executives to maximise their performance. So, let look at precisely what we mean when we talk about high-performance and the factors that underpin it.
Often when you are focused on a particular project or are caught in the daily grind of work, it can be hard to see that your performance is flagging.
Ironically when you are suffering from fatigue, your ability to recognise it is reduced in much the same way that people feel they are fine to drive after a couple of drinks. You also get used to this fatigued feeling as your new “normal” and therefore you forget what it felt like to perform at your best. This combination means a lot of executives will think they are performing optimally when in fact they are way off the mark.
It is a fairly common statement that people are the lifeblood of companies. We spend time and money finding and hiring the best people, and then additional time and resources developing them.
Whether they are the CEO or Global Head of X; your Senior Executives will be experienced, highly trained and hopefully skilled in their role and paid accordingly. So, why would you settle for having them perform sub-optimally?
Effective leadership plays a crucial role in ensuring staff are healthy and engaged and therefore able to fully commit to their work. If leaders truly believe in the importance of staff wellbeing, the outcomes of wellness programmes will always be more successful. So, what does successful leadership look like when it comes to staff wellbeing and engagement?
We posed this question to Heeral Gudka, executive coach and founder of Convergent Consulting.
As our name suggests, at Tailored Fit we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all wellness programmes. Every company is different, so what works for one company may not work for another (however there are often common themes that will be seen from one company to the next!).
So here we will look at some anonymised data gathered at one company, along with the wellness programme designed to improve these metrics.
Most of us know that our lifestyle, fitness levels and mental well-being affect our work and performance; but this often fails to affect our habits and behaviours. Many of the executives we see and work with know what to do; they just don’t do it. Ironically it is often “work” which is cited as the reason why these key areas of their health get neglected, even though this neglect subsequently leads to reduced performance at work. Breaking the cycle is key!