Wellbeing at Work

9 Top Tips for Staying Well in Work

Introduction

The definition of personal wellbeing is much broader than just moment-to-moment happiness. It also includes life satisfaction, experiencing positive relationships, and so on. The definition of personal wellbeing is much broader than just moment-to-moment happiness, it also includes life satisfaction, experiencing positive relationships, and so on. Workplace wellbeing is the feeling of happiness that employees get from their work, which is related to their overall feeling and satisfaction with the intrinsic and extrinsic value of their work. 

 The wellbeing of people working in the workplace needs to be looked at not only in terms of their physical and mental health, but also in terms of the wider impact of their work on their lives and the impact of their social environment on their employment capacity.

Nowadays, workplace wellbeing is crucially important in the sustainability for both individuals and organisations under a fast-paced work environment. There is growing evidence that the presence of wellbeing in the workplace benefits the organisation by promoting greater productivity among individuals in the workplace. Companies that have implemented wellness programs have reported positive business outcomes such as increased employee retention, productivity, and mental health, as well as various other benefits.

Increasing wellbeing at work can also have a number of other benefits.

  • Wellbeing also contributes positively to the formation of a person’s personality traits, thus employees with a high level of wellbeing appear to have better physical, mental, and behavioural health.
  • Employees with higher levels of wellbeing are more satisfied with their jobs, more engaged, and more productive.
  • Higher employee productivity leads to more innovation and a better customer experience.
  • Employees with higher levels of wellbeing reduce absenteeism and improve business performance for the company.
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Vice Versa, poor workplace wellbeing may result in decreased productivity, poor decision making, and more absenteeism, thus decreasing overall contribution to the organisation.

What factors can influence workplace wellbeing?

  • ORGANISATIONAL CLIMATE. A positive organisational climate can create positive emotions in employees, which can enhance wellbeing in the workplace. Some of the factors that contribute to a positive organisational climate include congruence between organisational and employee values, clear expectations, etc.
  • JOB DEMANDS. Previous studies showed that job demands significantly impact the employee wellbeing in the workplace.
  • RELATIONSHIPS WITH SENIOR MANAGEMENT. A systematic and emotionally stable leader can lead to high-quality interactions with employees, thereby improving the psychological wellbeing in the workplace.
  • OTHER FACTORS: Including personality factors, type of work environment, health and wellbeing concepts, accountability, fair and reasonable policy (FRT), etc.

There are internal (including job stress, oppression and harassment, conflicts, as well as sadness and trauma at work) and external problems (including usin prohibited goods, family problems, etc.) which can also influence the workplace. Furthermore, combination problems such as forms of discrimination and undesirable aspects of life can have impact on employees as well.

9 Top Tips for Staying Well at Work...

1 – BUILD SUPPORT NETWORKS  – amongst employees and leaders, with regular social interactions and shared experiences gives the opportunity to promote good communication, which contributes to long-term emotional wellbeing.

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2 – MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS  – Integrating mental health awareness into management and employee training is an important step to be able to identify issues early on and be able to address them quickly and confidently. Make discussion around mental health an easy and comfortable topic within your business. You can learn more on our Mental Health First Aid Awareness training HERE.

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3 – HEALTH PLANS   – There is a wealth of tools available to test the physical and mental health of employees and design a health plan for employees based on the test results.

We have a number of courses being added to support people, which will come under our monthly WORKPLACE WELLBEING membership subscription for companies which employees will be able to access at reduced prices. 

If you need further help or information in this area we are happy to devise – but it’s a whole other blog! 

4 – PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO THERAPY & COUNSELLING  – Have the resources to enlist external help if your employees need additional support. Consider bringing in regular therapists to provide psychological counselling to employees and managers on a regular basis or at least know where to signpost them. 

We can assist you with our employers membership programme or help to signpost you to therapists.

5 – HEALTHY FOOD OPTIONS   – If you have a staff canteen ensure the offerings are healthy ones. If not, encourage a healthy eating culture. 

As mentioned above, we have options to support people who may be struggling with healthy eating or their weight. You can view our courses HERE and members of our workplace wellbeing scheme can access these at hugely subsidised rates.

 

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6 – TEAM BUILDING  – Organising team building activities regularly, especially those that involve leaving the day to day work premises, and including physical activities / exercise can really help promote contact between colleagues as well as provide the opportunity to boost mental and physical health! This doesn’t have to be costly – wellbeing walks are a great initiative. 

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7 – MINDFULNESS TECHNIQUES  – Such as meditation and deep breathing exercises, as well as physical exercise can all help to reduce stress, improve concentration, and enhance overall mental health. Organisations can provide dedicated break-out spaces where employees can spend their free time doing relaxing activities such as yoga or mindfulness that help to mentally disconnect from work stress.

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8 – FITNESS FACILITIES   – Although it’s not always possible to provide on-site fitness facilities, you could consider signing up for corporate gym memberships or bringing fitness classes to the workplace. 

9 – ASSESS THE STRESS RISK – Involve employees in regular stress risk assessments to identify job stressors and refer to existing job quality, work design and organisational guidance to appropriately modify intervention policies and reduce job stress.

Conclusion

In conclusion, workplace wellbeing means contributing to a healthy and balanced lifestyle, thus improving workplace wellbeing will no doubt have a positive impact on employee engagement and overall company performance. There are various factors that affect workplace wellbeing and organisations should adopt appropriate strategies – no matter how small – to understand the pressure and difficulties employees face at work and help them make appropriate adjustments to improve work wellbeing.