In a true human-focused culture, the first 4 levels of human needs have been fulfilled. And individuals at the organization are empowered to focus on their growth needs, ie. self-actualization.
Self-actualization is the full realization of one’s creative, intellectual and social potential. It varies from person to person and it’s only possible when we’re able to identify our own strengths and have the tools to thrive through them. It is the stage where we stop thinking of all the things we’d like to be doing… and actually start doing them.
When your employees are at this stage, they are motivated internally. When they’re at this stage, they can thrive regardless of the circumstances. This is how you know you have a human-focused culture.
Why a human-focused culture is different from an employee-focused culture
Although many people believe a that human-focus is equivalent to employee-focus, there is actually a world of difference between these two terms.
Have you realised that whenever “employee-focus” is mentioned during a conversation, all eyes in the room turn towards HR? As if employee wellbeing were something that can be achieved by a single department. When in fact, it should (it must!) be a company-wide effort.
We all know that regardless of how amazing HR is, if leaders don’t completely understand and champion wellness initiatives, no amount of benefits will make employees feel fulfilled and happy.
Which is where human-focus comes in. This concept comprises the entire company and involves each and every department. It’s a belief-system. A culture. A certain way to do things. It’s this philosophy which truly differentiates a company in a saturated market.
This is how big companies and how big movements are built.
So why should you care?
Recent events shone light upon people’s most fundamental and non-negotiable needs. Needs like being balanced, happy and inspired to smile every day. Organisations were forced to abandon their offices. To pivot. To do whatever was needed to survive. What was the difference between those who achieved it and those who didn’t?
To be specific, a human-focused culture. A culture which empowered people to be at the right place mentally, physically and emotionally. This was fundamental to remain creative, motivated, strong and committed to surviving.
Leader. Founder. Wellness warrior… it is up to you.
We live in an increasingly competitive, uncertain and fast-paced world. The human factor is your company’s only differentiator. Your only competitive advantage. Your only guarantee for survival.
So, what can you do to inspire and enable human potential?
It begins with a human-focused culture. Making decisions which allow human needs to be met. Inspiring your people to grow. To learn. And be the best version of themselves every single day.
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