Well-being has been a topic talked a lot about recently from a leadership and organizational point of view. The importance of employee’s well-being to the success of the organization is apparent. But too often the way well-being is approached ends up treating a symptom rather than the underlying causes. We install gyms and give people fitbits and movable desks, but we do nothing to address the most significant factor impacting our worker’s health, the lack of trust.
In a previous post, I spoke about the chemistry of trust. How our brains are wired to either trust or not trust another human being and that what determines the level of trust is the type of relationship we have with the person. In this article from the January-February 2017 issue of HBR the Paul J. Zak, director of the Center for Neuroceonmic Studies at Claremont Graduate University, lays out the research of why trust is key to employee well-being and essential to better business performance.