Finding the right balance between hard work and the necessary rest is difficult. Especially now that hybrid working has become a permanent fixture at many companies, it is difficult for employers to keep track of the healthy work attitude of their employees.
“Many people are extremely good at spending energy, but hardly pay any attention to recharging”, they also see at Onewave, which helps organizations with vitality and energy management. “And that ultimately leads to overload, loss of focus and reduced performance.”
Founders Lieke Wolfraad, Stijn Quast and Noortje de Lange have developed a program for employers who want to invest in the well-being, performance and vitality of their employees. By showing employees how to use their energy in a sustainable way, they can be used in a healthy way for longer and they perform better, both at home and in the workplace. Noortje de Lange tells Business Insider about this program and why they believe that it is an enrichment for any organization at Onewave. What does the program you developed look like?
De Lange: “Our working method is based on the way top athletes use their energy. They train hard to be able to deliver top performances, but are also very serious about their recovery. Our goal is to make organizations and the people who work there aware of their own stress and recovery patterns and to give them insight into how they can improve them. We do this through a combination of group sessions, personal guidance and data collection through wearables that the participants wear for four days and nights.” “The data that such a wearable collects is a huge eye-opener for many participants and a motivator to get moving. It helps employees to work specifically on their own resilience and well-being. And the nice thing is: small changes often have a big effect.” “Because we collect so much personal data from employees, we can also give the organization or department advice. For example, about how they can organize their work, work environment or working day in such a way that employees can recharge their batteries sufficiently, and there is still enough energy left for home after a working day.” Don’t you have a lot of competition within this market?
“Fortunately, more and more attention is being paid to energy management and happiness at work. Demand is growing and more and more players are entering the market. These are mainly individual coaches and also a lot of generic training and workshops, which is of course good, but really something different from what we do.” “We distinguish ourselves through our personal approach and our data-based approach.Photo: Onewave
Do employees of your customers always want to participate in this?
“We do notice that some employees find it exciting to participate, especially wearing a wearable is of course new for many people and does require a certain commitment. But people are often very curious. When companies participate in our program on a voluntary basis, the places are often filled quickly and it always fills up.” “Our customers often participate in phases, so they offer the program first to fifty people, for example, and six months later to a new group. You notice that it then comes to life within a company and that people who might have been a bit skeptical at first also want to participate.” Which companies is it suitable for?
“Our program is aimed at all employers who want to invest in the well-being, performance and vitality of their employees. It does not matter how big or how small an organization is, or in which sector it is active.” Laughing: “It is actually suitable for all companies where people work.” “In recent years we have noticed that knowledge-driven organizations in particular are attracted to the program, such as IT companies, consultancy companies, marketing agencies, financial companies, banks, insurers and scale ups. Recently, however, we have also noticed that there is increasing interest from the non-commercial sector, from education and healthcare. That is a development that we are very happy with, because in those sectors there is still a lot of gain to be made when it comes to a good distribution of stress and energy.” Why should companies do this?
“This is not only a way to prevent burnout among your staff, it is also a good way for employers to put themselves on the map. On a personal level, what we do extends far beyond the workplace. A participant recently said: these are insights that will benefit me for the rest of my life.” “In our view, such insight is worth more than a high salary. You also see that younger generations consciously choose employers who pay attention to self-development and a balanced quality of life. If you as an employer cannot meet this, you will lose valuable talents. A well-being culture is therefore no longer a nice to have, but an absolute necessity to attract and retain talent.