Erin Patten - Why is Metaphysical Business important?

 “Most executives didn’t set out to become societal leaders, but this is the responsibility bestowed upon them by the times.” - Paul Polman, Former CEO Unilever (Financial Times, Feb 2022)

Whether we care to admit it or not, we spend the majority of our time engaged in work activities or thinking about what we need to do for work. Our commitment to our employers or even our own businesses are not to be taken lightly. Some of us believe that our work fundamentally represents who we are. While others may not identify as closely, they still find value in something their job has to offer. 

This is hugely important to business leaders who are seeking to achieve what every organization sets out to do – earn greater returns for its shareholders – because leaders can’t get there without highly effective teams. 

In recent years, we have experienced a great shift not only in work styles and requirements largely due to global pandemic demands, but also we’re witnessing a shift in how employees see themselves and their relationships with the organizations they serve. 

As Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers start to transition into retirement or less demanding roles, we observe that Millennials and Gen Z’ers are more interested in pursuing their passions and deriving purpose from the work that they do.

In order to do this, employees need high wellbeing for high performance.

Wellbeing in organizations extends farther than just offering full insurance coverage and sick/personal days off. Wellbeing goes beyond the physical aspects of work. Wellbeing includes the wholeness of who we are as human beings. Wellbeing is the physical and the metaphysical.

Let’s be clear. We are part body, part mind and part soul. 

To fully ignore 66.6% of who we are as human beings, does us a significant disservice in creating the most value for ourselves and our companies. Right?!

If it is proven that self-awareness enables employees to see them

selves more clearly, then why wouldn’t we want to invest in resources that created more intentional opportunities for employees to be more confident, creative, and collaborative? As we know, operating from higher levels of awareness leads to sounder and more enlightened decisions.

It goes without saying, that wellbeing directly affects your business outcomes.

When you have highly-effective, self-aware leaders in your organization, then you have more empowered, satisfied employees who then co-create a more profitable bottom line.

This is the era of #MetaBusiness.

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