Improving the wellbeing of employees has a lot to do with ‘embracing your singularity’. Everyone has their own unique combination of dreams, emotions, and aspirations. In a time where employees are searching for purpose in their (work) life, organizations must embrace both their own and their employees’ singularity. This means that they need to acknowledge their people’s aspirations and talents, but also that they need to define what exactly it is that makes their organization unique and how that uniqueness translates in competitive advantages.
This topic, ‘Embrace your singularity’, was the theme of Talentsoft’s annual user conference, which took place on June 4 and 5 in sunny Barcelona this year. As the closing keynote speaker, Malene Rydahl, author of the book ‘Happy as a Dane’, gave an inspirational speech about happiness.
In her talk, Malene explained that whether or not we are happy depends for:
- 50% on our genes;
- 40% on the decisions and actions we take;
- 10% on what happens to us.
She then told us a little about the ‘Danish way’ of doing things – which explains why the Danish often rank among the top 3 of most happy countries in the world. A few of the elements that are important in that regard are:
- The Danish school system is focused on giving kids the opportunity to find out who they are and what they like rather than memorizing and reproducing a curriculum.
- The Danish feel personally responsible for the ‘wellbeing’ of their country and they want their country to do well, which is one of the reasons they don’t mind paying one of the highest amounts of taxes in the world.
- The Danish trust each other and they trust that their government does what’s best for them.
An impression of Club Talentsoft 2019.
Finally, and to close the loop, Malene left us saying that in order for us to be happy we need to embrace our singularity. So, what can we learn from that, and how do you translate that to your organization?
A happy society, or organization, is built around 3 pillars:
- The freedom to be you – to ‘embrace your singularity’;
- Individual responsibility.
First of all, you have to trust your employees. In an environment where everything is very strict and controlled, people cannot really grow to their full potential. It goes without saying that if you give trust, you will receive trust in return. An employee that trusts their employer will be way more likely to be happy at work and to stay longer in the organization.
Secondly, when people feel that they are valued for who they are, they will be much more creative and innovative. This is what can add tremendous value to corporations. Nowadays companies should not only look at CV’s but much more to the motivation and adaptability of a person.
Finally, it’s important that people work on projects that they’re passionate about. They will take responsibility for those projects and go the extra mile. Even if the workload is heavy and the workdays are long. Especially during the current ‘war for talent’ we should be looking more to what we already have within our organization instead of trying to find it elsewhere. Give your employees the opportunity to work on projects which are not necessarily linked to their normal activities, but more to what they like to do. Even if they don’t have all the skills yet, give them the means to develop that.
Check out the video below to see the best of Club Talentsoft 2019!