Just like energy, our working life must be sustainable too. As a workplace, we must create the framework for a sustainable working life, giving our employees the satisfaction and surplus energy to lead good lives and to spend time with their friends and families.
A limitless working life
Working life is changing. Today, many of us can take work home because it is in our heads, in our smartphones and on our laptops. Our tasks are often continuously evolving, and so it is difficult to sense when good is good enough. We are hard-pressed in constantly changing organisations. And we set high standards for ourselves. As a society, we have only recently begun to understand the implications of these developments for the well-being of individuals – and what it takes to create the right framework for a sustainable working life.
A sustainable working environment is very important. People who thrive at work are happier and have more energy to lead good lives and to be present with their family and friends. For companies, this means that the employees stay longer in their jobs, are less absent and create better results. Companies with a good working environment achieve better financial results. Conversely, a poor working environment can lead to anxiety, poor health and stress for individual employees. For employers, this means increased absence, poor retention and a inferior results.