EDSI Wins Award for Student-Run Positive Business Project
In a previous blog, I wrote about how inspired I was after attending several powerful sessions on leadership, compassion and purpose at the fourth annual Positive Business Conference hosted by The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at U-M.
Another exciting thing that happened at the conference was that EDSI received an award for its student-run positive business project, presented by the Center for Positive Organizations, a student-led initiative designed to identify and showcase business practices that create positive impact.
EDSI’s project, The Internal Happiness App, was created to exemplify our commitment to servant leadership and help employees share how they feel things are going at work and/or at home by choosing a number from 0-10. The app encourages employees to rate their happiness level as often as every day so that managers can better understand how their employees are feeling. An employee’s rating can be based on workload, issues at home, or any other factor affecting the person. Managers can quickly see when an employee is struggling or recognize when someone is thriving.
In addition to the rating, there is an “I need support” button that, when selected, sends an immediate message directly to the manager and our CEO. The button is intended to provide another option for support. This ensures that employees are getting the assistance they need as quickly as possible.
At EDSI, managers understand the importance of happiness and that sometimes, things happening outside of work can affect an employee’s efficiency. We never want employees to feel like they can’t “have a bad day.” Allowing them to communicate their feelings gives them the peace and psychological safety they need to function well at work. We want employees to know they are valued beyond what they contribute to the workplace. EDSI understands that each person is special and wants everyone to feel that way when they come to work every day.
I was honored to attend this year’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business Positive Business Conference. This unique opportunity to be a part of the community and academia sharing experiences and knowledge is something that I look forward to every year. I’ll continue to reflect on the many insights and lessons I learned until the next conference in 2018!
If you have any employee support programs that have made a positive difference at your company, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear about them.