Current “solutions” are not driving change sufficient to meet the challenges facing humanity. Convening the relevant actors from the sectors causing the problems and conversely, the ones capable of fixing it is a better way to create the world we want.
Business faces challenges within and without. Workers seek a greater sense that their organization is part of the solution, not a cause of the problems. The Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index has shown that workers feel worse about their jobs than ever before, a disengagement that they estimate is costing American businesses $200 billion every year in lost productivity.
Meanwhile, the global economy rests on a knife-edge, based on unsustainable business practices that are driving societies and ecosystems into successive collapses. Palliative “fixes” to prop the system up will only suffice for a time. Solutions exist but requisite actors are not implementing them. The business case for sustainability needs to be combined with a replicable framework that delivers tools to implement an integrated approach to workplace well-being that reliably increases human health and productivity and fosters corporate sustainability.
Integrating the emerging practice of Humanistic Management with sustainability can enable those now driving the crisis to become its agents of positive and profitable change. Johnson Controls has shown that engaged workforces deliver 18% higher productivity and 16% higher profitability. The Economist Intelligence Unit found that “engaging employees on sustainability is a powerful motivating tool, with improved customer satisfaction, increased productivity and reduced employee turnover and absenteeism.” Businesses have found that purpose-driven brands deliver higher profitability. Many business leaders yearn for a better approach to management, but lack knowledge of how to implement it.