Everyone has a role to play in establishing a healthy workplace wellbeing culture. Employers can (and should) provide wellbeing initiatives. However, it’s up to your workers to participate, so they enjoy the benefits of improved physical, social and mental wellbeing.
That’s why it’s crucial for employers to establish programs to encourage participation and the development of a positive culture. It’s important your workplace wellbeing activities focus on employee needs and are not merely a driver for productivity gains. It’s also important to introduce initiatives that are effective and engaging for your workforce.
The role of organisations in Workplace Wellbeing
It’s up to organisations to establish policies, procedures and programs to encourage the development of a positive workplace wellbeing culture. Workplace wellbeing should be considered in all areas of your organisation, particularly when it comes to performance measures, work hours, escalation processes, complaints management and leave policies.
Organisations should give employees the chance to collaborate and provide input into workplace wellbeing initiatives. Organisations should also lead the way in giving employees the opportunity to take part in activities. It’s important to cultivate an early intervention culture, to identify issues before they become problems.
The role of employees in Workplace Wellbeing
It’s crucial for employees to participate in workplace wellbeing activities for any benefit to be realised. They should be encouraged to provide feedback on proposed activities to ensure participation and engagement. It’s also vital that employees understand the relevant policies and procedures guiding workplace wellbeing programs.
Employees need to see clearly how they will benefit from taking part in workplace wellbeing. It will be easier to gain employee buy-in if they understand how their own health and wellbeing affects the organisation and agree to take responsibility for this. The ultimate role of employees in workplace wellbeing is to be open to change and committed to action.
Creating a positive Workplace Wellbeing Culture
The first step is to understand the needs of your workforce. This way you can set out a strategy to improve overall health and wellbeing. You can gather this information in a number of ways – holding staff discussion sessions, through running online surveys, by interrogating existing HR data or liaising with employee representative groups.
The second step, is to look more broadly across your organisation. A positive workplace wellbeing culture should address how and when work is completed; build personal skills, such as resilience & reflection; have the ability to monitor at-risk employees; focus on increasing awareness of mental health; support staff to recover from health incidents; and concentrate on early intervention.
How can you develop a workplace wellbeing culture?
Hunterlink is here to support you throughout the development and delivery of your workplace wellbeing program. We deliver effective initiatives, such as early intervention programs, psychological & behavioural counselling, along with individual and organisational coaching. We are well placed to work with you to create a positive workplace wellbeing culture.
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