Word of the Week – Wellness
We’ve all heard stories of people working punishingly long hours, taking no breaks, neglecting their personal lives and their health. Thankfully, increasing numbers of employers are rejecting this burnout culture in favour of a healthy, motivated workforce who maintain a work/life balance and can offer high performance year-in, year-out.
Yesterday’s news that Bumble, the dating app that employs 700 people worldwide, has given every one of its employees the week off, was eye-catching. After a whirlwind year that’s seen the company grow dramatically and make its stock market debut, Bumble is offering paid annual leave all-round and closing its doors to nip stress and burnout in the bud.
The move towards wellness might be a recent one for some, but the concept has been with us for thousands of years. In India we can find evidence of oral traditions and texts that describe ways of living that create harmony between body, mind and spirit dating back to 3,000 BC. Ancient Chinese medicine from the same period references the importance of creating harmony in our lives. And in the centuries that followed, Greek and Roman philosophers would echo that message.
Flash forward to the 21st century, and to a world in which wellness is being recognized not just as a theory that shows empathy but as a tool that promotes business growth. A survey by Bucks Consultants revealed that more than half of global employers questioned were using health promotion strategies, and one in three had invested in their own in-house wellness programs. The concept and the word have become entrenched, to the lasting benefit of individuals and employers who are proving that good practice really is good business.
It’s not always easy to pinpoint what makes people feel valued and happy at work. Money helps, of course, and so does encouragement to take breaks and holidays, but what about the actual day-to-day tasks we ask people to perform? We’re in work for a reason, and if a person isn’t happy with the nuts and bolts of their job then that creates a problem that no amount of wellness initiatives can fully resolve.
The Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) works tirelessly to help translators and interpreters take satisfaction and pleasure in their work. A constant source of good advice and support to its members, the CIOL offers training in business-critical areas including data security and use of social media, as well as advising on the key factors that can make the difference between commercial success and failure for a freelancer. As well as championing the wellness of its members, the CIOL imparts professional skills that can turn a talented individual into a successful self-employed businessperson.
We applaud the CIOL’s efforts to assert the value of linguists, and we’re proud to play our part with a software solution that gives these gifted professionals the platform to use their skill and creativity to the full.
XTM Cloud’s application of NLP Artificial Intelligence features Inter-language vector space technology. It draws on a data search across the entire internet to deliver a precise calculation revealing how likely a translation is to be accurate. Automating that process takes large numbers of unchallenging, repetitive tasks away from linguists, enabling human intelligence to be applied in the areas where it makes the greatest impact. Talented people spend more time using their talent, fostering a general sense of engagement, interactivity and pride in performance. System users become happier and more motivated, productivity soars and employee turnover plummets.
Things just turn out well.
Initiatives that help us find a work/life balance deserve our support, but let’s not forget the initiatives that help us enjoy the time we actually spend at work. Linguists the world over deserve that enjoyment. It’s the least we owe them for helping us speak to the world.