Workplace Wellbeing


What is employee wellbeing?

The employee wellbeing definition refers to the state of employees’ mental and physical health, resulting from dynamics within – and sometimes outside – the workplace.

According to a CIPD 2020 survey report about Health and Wellbeing at Work, there has been a 37% increase in stress-related absence at work since last year (absenteeism), and 89% of employees said that they have worked while feeling unwell (presenteeism). Also, a McKinsey source states that workplace stress costs employers in the US nearly $200 billion every year in healthcare expenses.

Blessings of employee wellbeing

The employee wellbeing definition refers to the state of employees’ mental and physical health, resulting from dynamics within – and sometimes outside – the workplace. These include their relationships with colleagues, use of tools and resources, larger business decisions that impact them and their work, and many other factors. In business terms, securing employee wellbeing can translate to:

  1. More productivity: Employee wellbeing boosts productivity and performance. When feeling well, employees display healthier behaviors and better decision-making
  2. Higher employee morale: Employees feel more competent and valued when their needs are met at all levels, including physical, mental, and financial.
  3. Better talent: When your company has a good reputation in the market as an employer who respects and supports work-life balance, you’re more likely to attract skilled candidates and retain your existing employees for longer periods.
  4. Improved CRM: Happy employees are your best brand ambassadors. If you treat them well, that positive energy will pass on to your customers. Those employees will be motivated to understand how your products and services will best serve customer needs.

How do you know your employees are burning out?

Well. You won’t unless you ask and listen. It’s vital in whatever size of company that management listen to the feedback of the size. What’s the pulse of the organisation? Are people engaged and focused or moaning about management and pay rises? You could ask them maybe? Send out a survey and set up some one on feedback loops to ascertain how the organisation can make improvements and enhance the work life balance

It’s important after you have taken the pulse that you clearly feedback that you are listening and that the company are going to roll out a number of changes that you hope will be of benefit to all employees. Some people won’t appreciate child care options or parental leave but will appreciate working from home options or personal coaching. Some may take the fruit bowls as pointless but yet value regular feedback loops to management for example. Deck yoga may be lost on many who see it as a gimmick but you have to simply try things until you get the right balance for the majority of the workforce

It won’t happen overnight but it will be worth it!

Your workforce will feel heard, valued and for most, will exhibit higher productivity and loyalty to making your business a massive success

Here are a few ideas to implement at your workplace and another helpful blog here on improving wellbeing at work

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