You know the drill. You put on your game face when you walk into work. "How are you?" a colleague asks, by rote and without real interest. "Fine," you respond, automatically, regardless of how you're actually feeling.
Now more than ever we need to reinsert the boundaries in our lives between work and home so that when we are working, we are fully engaged in our work and when we are not working we are fully disengaged.
As little as these varied people have in common, their shared core hunger is for value. Once our basic needs are met, we human beings arguably crave value above all else.
Today some of the most forward-looking companies are engaging employees by designing policies and practices that address four core human needs—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual—the same factors used in human-centered product design. Here are some quick examples...
It isn’t realistic to build sustainable high-performing companies by way of unsustainable work practices. Meeting people’s core needs, rather than simply trying to squeeze more out of them, is what makes it possible for them to work more effectively.