Columbia Business School Essay Tips for 2023-24: Essays 2 & 3 and the Optional Essay
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As a prospective MBA student exploring post-MBA career paths and companies you should consider sustainable productivity: joining a company that’s serious about measuring and being accountable to employee engagement and well-being could be a strong career differentiator.
According to Melissa Swift, U.S. Transformation Leader at Mercer, “recent increases in productivity that have led to a corresponding increase in employee burnout or disengagement aren’t just unsustainable, they’re also unethical.” Swift notes that, similar to phases of the Industrial Revolution, employers have turned a blind eye to the most basic human needs of the workforce. However, employers have increasingly recognized the need to address their employees’ wellness needs, potentially triggered by high burnout and turnover that has led to the moniker, the Great Resignation.
Even as employers have been open to increasing their employees’ well-being, the challenge is that it’s difficult to measure employee wellness and each employee defines it differently. Most companies are better at measuring workers’ outputs than the inputs or process, which are more closely tied to employee wellness or engagement. In addition, output and employee wellness metrics are typically measured by two different teams that rarely talk to each other. Marketing and finance data crunchers are responsible for output measurements, while human resources is responsible for wellness metrics.
Michael Schrage, a visiting scholar at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, provides a three-part process towards achieving sustainable productivity:
As you embark on your MBA application, think about sustainable productivity and the companies and career paths that fit your definition of well-being. For the full article on sustainable productivity, click here. If you are looking for guidance as you start your MBA applications, contact Admitify today!