As you might remember, 2015 is going to be the year that my life gets super awesome.
A better quality of life, in which this case, “quality of life” means “not be in an abusive relationship” and “have a steady income” is something that I would definitely mark “needs improvement” on my Life Report Card in both “work” and “not work” settings.
Sodexo, a worldwide leader in Quality of Life Services, has invited me to join the conversation about Quality of Life in the workplace today.
I currently have four clients whom I work for, spending one day a week in each of their four offices. It is a non traditional set-up, but I do appreciate all of the varied experiences and connections, and sometimes free snacks, that I encounter at each place.
It might seem like a small thing, but being welcomed into the offices, shown my own work space, and offered small perks like lunches, snacks, and fancy coffee, makes me feel like my well-being is a priority.
By focusing on Quality of Life, I think that businesses can improve both individual and collective performance in the work place.
Sodexo has identified 6 aspects of Quality of Life:
· Social Interaction – factors that strengthen the bonds of relationships. Examples are access to cultural events, concerts, exhibits, etc. for employees
· Ease & Efficiency – implementing programs and services to help employees carry out activities with more ease. Onsite child care facilities and programs that help employees reduce stress
· Physical Environment – everything that contributes to an individual’s comfort and sense of safety, from building maintenance to comfortable and safe work spaces
· Personal Growth – promoting individual progress and growth. Professional development programs in technology, foreign languages, etc. can help individuals advance their education.
· Recognition – allowing an individual to feel truly valued. Helping to research and create recognition programs that truly reward employees for good work
· Health & Well-Being – promoting a healthy lifestyle through nutritious meals, a well-balanced diet and exercise. This can include restaurant vouchers and healthy food options, as well on-site exercise facilities or gym memberships
I just started working part time for Grow NYC, and it has a very fun and supportive office culture with pot lucks and sharing of baked goods. As a job perk, I can purchase the reduced price CSA shares. This excites me because produce has been out of my price range as a “luxury item” here in NYC for the last few years.
I feel encouraged that Grow NYC supports my health and well-being in the small but impactful way! I just finished a tasty salad given to me by the person who hired me!
I honestly say things like “THIS IS THE BEST DAY EVER!” when a client invites me to lunch. Does this mean I am easily bought? Yeah probably. But it also means that in the work place, A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY toward making employees feel valued as humans and not just robots producing results.
This post is part of International Quality of Life BlogIt Day, sponsored by Sodexo, but the words and opinions are mine. My experiences are real and I am a human.