March 19th, 2020

It’s Not Just About Attracting Top Talent, but Investing in Well-Being and Habit Development

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As a business leader, attracting top talent is in your best interest. You want the best employees out there, but recruiting top talent is easier said than done. Keeping those highly skilled workers is another challenge altogether. 

Employee turnover is at an all-time high. Nearly a third of workers aren’t staying with their jobs and over half of Americans report being stressed as a result of their jobs. That kind of data is scary enough on its own for a company leader, but the bad news doesn’t stop there. The cost of recruiting and replacing employees is also going up—to anywhere from 50 to 100 percent of an employee’s salary—and with nearly 30 percent of workers leaving their jobs in their first year, all that money adds up quickly.

So, what’s a company to do? Why are employees so stressed, why are they leaving their jobs in droves, and—perhaps most importantly—what can you do to recruit and keep hardworking and happy employees?

The answer is deceptively simple: Take care of your employees with a program to help teach them self-care and to develop healthy habits.

Hone the Talent You Already Have

Picture a car for a moment. It’s got a lot of moving parts and has a lot of maintenance needs. If you give your car sub-par fuel, fail to get regular tune-ups, and neglect it in other ways, it won’t run properly. It’ll break down more frequently. And you’ll lose time, energy, and money trying to keep up with repairing and replacing all the broken parts.

But if you take good care of your car, it’ll run like a dream. American educator and bestselling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey, calls this “sharpening the saw.”

People are the same way. When people are well-rested, well-fed, and able to take good care of their bodies and minds, they perform much, much better in their personal and professional lives. Healthy and happy employees are more productive, take fewer sick days, and are less likely to quit their jobs.

In other words, teaching your employees positive and healthful habits has the potential to eliminate the problems of turnover and employee stress before they even become problems. It also becomes much easier to attract top talent when they know they’ll be taken care of if they work for you. Companies that prioritize their employees’ wellness simply do better.

But teaching your employees how to build healthy habits and take care of themselves sounds both time-consuming and expensive, right? It certainly can be… but it doesn’t have to be.

Keep Your Top Talent by Making Them Fabulous

Fabulous for Work is designed with both your company and your workers in mind. We work with your individual employees to help them set goals, build healthy habits, and celebrate milestones. We also work with you to establish the changes you want to see within your company, track your employees’ progress with detailed reports and periodic check-in calls, where we revisit the plan we laid out for you and adapt it as needed. You can also roll out company-wide wellness challenges to build company camaraderie through a little friendly competition.

If that sounds like a lot of work on your part, don’t worry. Fabulous for Work does all of the heavy lifting. This is what we do, after all! And we love doing it.

How do we accomplish this company culture transformation? Through the power of habits. We’ll teach your workforce how to alter their habits and make positive, healthy changes to their behavior. Nearly half of what we do every day is habitual, so changing our habits can change our lives!

And not only does it work, it works fast. In just 8 weeks of using Fabulous, 80 percent of people build healthy morning routines. And the likelihood of building additional healthy habits increases by 35 percent. Fabulous users learn to build 8 keystone habits, which include things like drinking enough water each day and getting enough exercise. Individually, they don’t seem like much. But they add up quickly to a healthy body, a happy mind, and a highly productive employee.

Attracting Top Talent Is Important, But…

Of course, it’s easy to get lost in the appeal of attracting top talent to your company. It makes sense to want the cream of the crop! They’re the best at what they do. But being the most skilled doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best fit for your company. In fact, keeping your top talent blinders on may lead to less-skilled but more dedicated, personable, and creative potential hires slip through the cracks.

Instead of just focusing on attracting top talent, we at Fabulous suggest prioritizing the needs of employees you already have. Spend some time and energy building up your current workforce. Let Fabulous for Work teach them valuable habit-building skills so that they can operate at their best for you. You may be surprised by the returns on that particular investment!