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Kate Flowerdew: The necessary importance of workplace wellbeing

  • by Kate Flowerdew
  • 29 Mar 2019

Of course, wellbeing activities vary from business to business, yet overall wellbeing success provides employees with the necessary structures to focus on their own health.

There are three main factors of wellbeing:

  • Social
  • Physical
  • Mental

When structures are implemented from the top down, with leaders who not only promote but utilise wellbeing practices companies, employers create a positive culture with clear wellbeing ambassadors in leadership.

This approach is necessary to encourage employees to take their own initiative on maintaining their health and positive lifestyle, as a great work environment, along with personal care are both important when building a fantastic culture.

Accessibility to the wellbeing strategy that is open to change and developments, with an inclusive environment that educates staff members on sleep, social media, mobile use, and exercise to improve mental and physical health offers a higher rate of success as success hasn’t been narrowed to a particular focus.

A flexible strategy that can set and achieve expectations, moving with external factors, such as seasonal changes offers a more insightful evaluation of wellbeing solutions to improve culture.

There are three key reasons why I believe organisations need to be focused on workplace wellbeing:

Firstly, extensive research from consulting houses and business schools create a strong argument. It has been identified from global sources that employees improve the bottom line. When the costs associated with absenteeism, presenteeism, poor attrition rates, and lack of engagement are considered, it is notable how recruitment spend increases due to lost productivity, skills, and knowledge. It is already evident that businesses could save. In comparison, imagine the uplift to productivity and performance If businesses had a healthy, connected, focused, energised, and engaged workforce.

Secondly, the association between the working environment and the quality of life, including how it impacts people’s wellbeing. Working in a positive environment, with people we connect with, in a role that aligns to our values, strengths and purpose, enhances our wellbeing. On the flipside, working in a negative environment, lacking the direction, relationships or resources required to do our jobs effectively can absolutely have a detrimental impact on our health.  Fortunately, many leaders within businesses are recognising this and now incorporate a duty of care to boost wellbeing in their workplace.

Thirdly, managers have a legal responsibility for the health and safety of every employee in the workplace and this absolutely includes mental wellbeing too. Yet the tables are turning, and managers are realising that there is a corporate responsibility to equip their teams with the tools necessary to ensure their team’s overall wellbeing.

In our interactive workshop we will be working through a practical framework that provide HR teams and leaders to implement wellbeing at the organisational, leadership and individual level in order to TRANSFORM WORKPLACE CULTURE.

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