Workplace wellbeing relates to how workers feel about themselves and their work. At its heart, workplace wellbeing aims to ensure workers are safe, healthy, satisfied and engaged. It focuses on preventative action, to reduce the incidence of stress, injury and overwhelm.
Workplace wellbeing focuses on improving individual health to achieve organisational wellbeing. Employer sponsored initiatives, such as mental health programs, wellness activities, supportive HR policies and positive leadership, all play a role. Activities may include Employee Assistance Programs, yoga/meditation classes, exercise groups, flexible working arrangements, resilience training and healthy eating programs.
Why is Workplace Wellbeing so important?
Wellbeing is a measure of how someone feels about themselves and their life. The better someone feels about themselves, the more satisfied they will be. If your workforce feels generally good about their health and emotional state, they will be more satisfied within themselves. This will then translate into greater satisfaction with their work.
If workplace wellbeing is not addressed, your workforce may feel dissatisfied, undervalued, demotivated, prone to ill-health, overwhelmed and unable to work to the best of their ability. This will have flow on effects for productivity, engagement, culture and overall organisational wellbeing. It makes good business sense to take a proactive approach to organisational health by developing a robust workplace wellbeing program.
How do you develop Workplace Wellbeing?
Developing an effective workplace wellbeing program takes time, commitment and strategy. An effective workplace wellbeing program will have support from the highest levels and put the needs of your workforce, front and centre. It will be practical, engaging, relevant and, above all, it must address the main stressors of your workforce.
If work-related stress is a big issue in your organisation, you need to look inward and understand why this is the case. There’s no point introducing mindfulness activities to build up mental health if the source of workplace stress itself is not addressed. Workplace wellbeing should have a clear focus, strong drive and measurable outcomes.
What makes up an effective Workplace Wellbeing program?
Effective workplace wellbeing programs seek to improve the overall wellbeing of employees, focusing on physical, mental, social and emotional health. The most effective programs are embedded into the strategies and policies of an organisation and seek to genuinely improve employee health and wellbeing. Workplace wellbeing shouldn’t be a token gesture or delivered without purpose or direction. Activities need to address specific employee needs.
Some examples of workplace wellbeing initiatives include:
- Employee Assistance Programs
- Yoga/Meditation/Mindfulness classes
- Resilience training
- Exercise groups
- Subsidised gym memberships
- Healthy eating programs
- Flexible Working arrangements
- Staff social functions
How can Hunterlink help you implement Workplace Wellbeing?
Hunterlink can help you throughout the development and delivery of your workplace wellbeing program. We deliver effective initiatives, such as early intervention programs, psychological & behavioural counselling, training, along with individual and organisational coaching.
Let our experienced team help you improve the wellbeing and performance of your organisation by introducing effective workplace wellbeing strategies to support your staff.
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