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Cherish growth.

by Marissa Kalkman, Executive Director of WCWI

A WCWI Guiding Principle

Change is inevitable, and we accept change and the accompanying challenges through our resilience. Growth is born from creativity and innovation and the continuous desire to be better. Employers who cherish the growth and development of their employees are directly supporting their wellbeing.

Companies value qualities in their employees such as perseverance, effort, commitment, passion, and resilience. When employees exude these types of qualities, businesses are more successful. But it’s not enough to simply place value in these qualities – organizations must cultivate a culture and atmosphere in which their people can develop and prosper. WCWI posits that cherishing the growth of your people is actually in direct support of their overall wellbeing. When opportunities of growth, development, and accomplishment are abundantly provided and supported in the work culture - people flourish. 

Let’s breakdown the elements of this guiding principle:

  1. When we say that change is inevitable, and we accept change and the accompanying challenges through our resilience:

We understand that our experiences in life are inseparable from how we show up in our work. And we know that we will experience challenge in work and life, but we view it as a means to grow. We acknowledge that resilience is an essential skill that supports our ability to evolve and we willingly practice this skill as we encounter trials and hardships. Change is one of the only constants and cherishing growth is the way through it.

  1. When we say that growth is born from creativity and innovation and the continuous desire to be better:

We encourage a growth mindset in ourselves and in the culture for our people. And we actively support psychological safety - ensuring that all feel comfortable to speak up with ideas, questions, concerns, and mistakes (Edmonson, 2014). We commit to nurturing peoples’ potential because the process of trying and growing (even if we fail sometimes) makes us all better. Carol Dweck, Stanford Professor and Researcher on Mindset Theory shares, “the passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (and especially) when it’s not going well is the hallmark of a growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive in challenging times.”

  1. When we say that employers who cherish the growth and development of their employees are directly supporting their wellbeing:

WCWI attribute insights from the PERMA Theory of Wellbeing, researched and developed by Dr. Martin Seligman, to make the connection between growth and wellbeing. The PERMA Theory answers the difficult question: ‘what is wellbeing and what enables it?’ According to PERMA Theory, one of the building blocks that enables wellbeing is Accomplishment: the ability to set, work toward, and ultimately achieve goals. Innately to accomplish or achieve, we must grow and develop. And therefore, when employers prioritize the growth of their people, they are prioritizing the wellbeing of their people. 

*the original PERMA Theory included five building blocks, in recent years, the model was revised to PERMAH to include a sixth building block.

What resonates with you about this guiding principle? If you’d like to dive deeper and explore these elements or if you’re ready to create a plan to support employee wellbeing by cherishing growth, connect with a WCWI Coach.


 

3 Actions & 9 Resources to Help You Cherish Growth

Action 1: Take inventory of your own growth potential as a wellbeing strategist by assessing your strengths and gaps in knowledge, skill, and ability. Your commitment to cherishing your own growth will guide your learning, development, and action as a wellbeing strategist and change-maker. Committing to your own intentional and practiced development of competencies and skills will stretch you to flourish in your work.

3 Resources to Support Your Learning & Practice:

Action 2: Nudge your company towards a growth mindset culture. Dweck’s Mindset Theory outlines the main attributes that create a growth-mindset environment in the workplace:

  • Presenting all skills as learnable
  • Conveying that the organization values learning and perseverance, not just ready-made genius or talent
  • Giving feedback in a way that promotes learning and future accomplishment
  • Supporting managers to be resources for learning
3 Resources to Support Your Learning & Practice:

Action 3: Connect your organization’s learning, development, and employee success efforts to your employee wellbeing strategy. 

 3 Resources to Support Your Learning & Practice:

 

 

 
Marissa Kalkman, MS, MCHES
Executive Director
mkalkman@wellnesscouncilwi.org
Learn more about me.

 

By Mail: P.O. Box 524 Brookfield, WI 53008-0524

By Email: wcwi@wellnesscouncilwi.org.

By Phone: 262.254.7888

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