Sunday Feb 05, 2023

Accounting Giant EY Created A Chief Wellbeing Officer To Uplift And Empower Their People – Forbes


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Coming out of the pandemic, empathetic companies changed their perception of the workplace and learned how to better treat their employees. Workers, seeing the devastation wrought by the virus outbreak, realized how precious and fleeting life is at times. People decided that they will no longer put up with disrespect, low pay and capricious dictates such as being forced to go into an office every day after demonstrating for two years that remote work, worked well.

Empathetic leading companies have intuitively noticed this shift in mindset. These organizations established new policies and programs to uplift and empower their team. They pay close attention to the mental health, emotional well-being and happiness of their staff.

The Chief Wellbeing Officer

Frank Giampietro was named the Chief Wellbeing Officer at EY, the large global accounting, audit, tax and consulting firm. Indicating the importance of the role, EY’s board of directors was involved with the creation of the inaugural C-suite position. It’s not just a feel-good act. There is a strong business case for the creation of the CWO.

Leaders recognize that to remain competitive and excel they need to attract, recruit and retain the best talent. To do this, they have to stand out among their rivals. In an interview with Ginnie Carlier, EY Americas vice chair of talent, and Giampietro they discussed the movement and rationale for the newly created position, and what it entails.

Carlier, the vice-chair of talent for the Americas, has led the charge on the mission to ensure that EY is an empathetic workplace. The goal is to improve and maintain the mental health and well-being of her employees.

It’s not an easy task. We live in a volatile time. Workers not only have to be concerned about their jobs but bear the effects of geopolitical events such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine, runaway inflation that is dramatically increasing the prices of everything from food to gasoline, devastatingly heartbreaking school shootings and a politically toxic climate in the U.S. that has people constantly bickering with each other.

These, and other serious issues, take their toll. Carlier and Gaimpiertor are diligently working hard toward taking care of their people during these turbulent times.

Making People Happier

Happier workers who feel empowered, respected and trusted by managers will likely outperform, as they appreciate the confidence and autonomy. Their positive attitude will help create satisfied clients. This should lead to a growth in revenue and everyone benefits.

One of the ways to make both employees and their families happier is by offering a flexible workstyle. A person could decide for herself if she desires an in-office, remote, hybrid or another manner of working based on what is best for the individual and her family.

Carlier shared her thoughts on the future of work in a LinkedIn post, written in light of World Mental Health Day, “Our people are under increased pressure at home and at work as a result of the ongoing crisis—health, economic, social, racial and mental. Consequently, our role as employers has changed. Managing the physical and emotional health and well-being of our employees must be at the top of every leadership team’s priority list every day, not just World Mental Health Day. Companies can, and must, do more to support the mental health and …….


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