Our guest blogger, Bob Peart, Executive Director of Sierra Club BC shares why he invests in his employees, assisting them to develop personal sustainability and a deeper understanding of themselves. Take a read!
Why I invest in my employees' well beingA number of Sierra Club employees have attended Inner Activist courses. Upon returning to the office they praise the approach, the personal depth to which the courses push you, and the relevance of the material to how they approach their work.
With a couple of my employees it has changed their relationship to their work, how they bring ‘themselves’ to work and how they respect and understand who they are and why they do what they do.
We know intuitively as managers that one of the smartest things you can do to achieve success within your organization is to retain high-quality, effective employees. To achieve this, it is critical to support them in their efforts to do good work while taking care of themselves personally; which in turn leads to helping them to figure out how they can become even more effective at what they do.
To this end, I am very pleased with the programs being offered by The Inner Activist, and when asked by my colleagues I am complimentary and highly recommend them.
In my forty some-odd years of managing people it has become pretty clear that the people who have clarity within themselves are more effective about how they approach work and how they manage themselves within the work setting. There are other excellent programs for staff development, however the more personal approach and the effort to delve into the personal-workplace dynamic sets The Inner Activist aside.
Like a lot of non-profit organizations, Sierra Club’s staff experience huge demands on their time. There is always too much to do and it is all super important. In addition they earn a limited salary and have limited benefits, so to support them to experience the Inner Activist approach to transformation is key - to their performance at work as well as and to becoming effective leaders in their personal life.
I take my hat off to The Inner Activist. I have no hesitancy in Sierra Club staff taking the time to attend one of their courses - and the fact that they have a generous bursary program helps a great deal as well.
About Bob Peart
Bob Peart is Executive Director of Sierra Club BC. He has been active in the conservation and environmental education movement in BC for nearly 40 years and has volunteered for non-profit boards at the local, provincial, national and international level.
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