Your Human Capital gives you asset riches. Your valuable assets include experience, knowledge, health, drive, purpose, adaptability and any other skill that may provide you with improved well-being, skills and intelligence. This value-based benefit may be viewed as a renewable resource that affords you with the ability to offer creativity and innovation to improve your ecosystem. Your capital assets increase with training, education, experience and coaching.
For example: You accumulate added value when trained to complete a specific job. Your capital increases with on-the-job exposure. Retention of an innovative and motivated employee provides a valuable asset to a business.
Recognizing how you provide valuable natural capital in an environment is an opportunity to monetize on your expertise. Coaching an individual on how to increase their value and secure natural capital improves their business success or employability.
Industries and businesses are realizing how human capital provides a valuable asset to a business. For example: Employees that have been trained and gained experience in the workforce; and are knowledgeable about natural capital benefits endows a business with value. Employers improve their business assets by providing a safe and healthy ecosystem to retain employees and secure revenue that would be lost if an individual chooses to leave. When employees turn over valuable experience is lost, finding replacements takes time and training new employees costs money.
Human capital is strengthened when environments are free of pollution. Your value is fixed when you effectively cater to your needs and health. Breakthrough studies find where polluted environments cause your ill health and increase your stress.
For example: There is a cyclic network of cause-and-effect and feedback that creates a merry-go-round of stress factors coupled with high blood pressure. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) health browser reports that where pesky particles pollute the air; such as dust and soot, increases in blood pressure are found. Add prolonged exposure to noise and the symptoms are compounded.
Stress can lead to addictive behavior, such as overeating, smoking and alcohol abuse. These risky behaviors lead to poor health which results in increased health care costs. Ill health prevents you from working. Indulging in unhealthy food choices over the long term is related to an increase in blood pressure according to experts.
The solution is to add some greenspace exposure to gain relief from the stress. Anne Bolen from the National Wildlife Foundation reported that submersion in green spaces revitalizes your physical, psychological and social well-being and creates a faster recovery period from high blood pressure. Including some exercise in a forest or park can reduce your stress by up to 87%.
Your business and transformational outcomes are enhanced with a working knowledge of how to optimize on the productivity of your clients, customers and employees. Human capital is a valuable asset that adds revenue to support a sustainable economic model.
Blog provided by Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD
Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD is an author and business owner.
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