A Win-Win Situation
This study suggests a chain of positive events—workplaces give employees the opportunity to do their best; employees thus experience success and recognition, cultivate self-efficacy, engage in healthy lifestyles, and ultimately reduce their risk for chronic diseases. The positive health outcome is in addition to previously known benefits of skill utilization, such as high job satisfaction, better mental health, low turnover, and high productivity. What a win-win situation for both employees and employers!
To create such a situation, supervisors need to identify the valuable skills each employee has. This should not be limited to technical skills for a particular job. For example, social and interpersonal skills, emotional capacity, organizing skills, and problem-solving abilities are all important for a well-functioning workplace. Once supervisors identify these skills, they can facilitate the best use of them, develop them further, and then recognize employees for jobs well done. These are all good, well-established management strategies. The new twist is that these strategies may have health benefits, too.
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