Workplace well-being

Workplace well-being encompasses all aspects of working life, from the physical environment’s quality and safety to how employees feel about their jobs, their working environment, the workplace climate, and work structure. The goal of occupational well-being measures is to supplement OSH measures by ensuring that employees are safe, healthy, contented, and engaged at work.

The well-being of employees is a critical aspect in determining a company’s long-term effectiveness. Many studies have found a direct correlation between employee productivity and their overall health and well-being.

Working adults in the United States spend more than half of their waking lives at work or doing work-related activities.1 The amount of time spent at work, the tasks performed there, and the work environment all have an impact on overall health.2,3 We know many colleagues who enjoy and are fulfilled by their jobs. They are enthusiastic about their profession and have a great sense of purpose and connection to others as a result of it. People working long hours under stressful conditions, on the other hand, have found it difficult to spend time with their family and friends, balance work and non-work commitments, and pursue hobbies and other interests. Many people are tired, and some are burned out, which, in the case of medical personnel, might be dangerous can lead to major medical errors.4 In this article, we’ll look at how employment affects an individual’s happiness and wellness, as well as measures that employers can use to help their employees be happier and healthier.

As the barrier between work and personal life blurs, HR directors are emphasizing employee well-being and mental health. The importance of fostering employee well-being in the workplace cannot be overstated.

According to the Future Workplace 2021 HR Sentiment poll, employee well-being and mental health are a major priority for 68 percent of senior HR professionals (40 percent of whom are CHROs). It’s no surprise that this is a top concern for HR directors, given the corporate well-being industry in the United States is presently valued at $20.4 billion and is expected to increase to $87.4 billion by 2026.

We asked leaders at our recent Future Workplace Virtual Summit, which was attended by senior HR, Talent, and Corporate Learning executives, about what their companies have done to focus on employee well-being. We discovered that over 70% of our members provide workplace flexibility. Nearly half are augmenting this with other well-being advantages such as free online counseling sessions or compassionate leadership training for executives, and a third are financing corporate subscriptions to online counseling and meditation apps. Lyra Health, Motivosity, Limeade, Premise Health, VirginPulse, League, SecureSave, Springhealth, meQuilibrium, and Thriveglobal, to mention a few, are among the top 10 corporate well-being service providers.

We all know how important getting daily exercise is to our body and mind. But statistics gathered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that only one in three adults achieve the recommended amount of physical activity each week, and more than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities.

This is especially true with the busy schedule of today’s employees. “I don’t have time” is the go-to excuse for skipping the gym. Work, family, and social commitments make it difficult to incorporate a regular workout routine. And I’ll admit finding time to exercise, can be difficult. One of the ways we help our employees at TotalWellness finds more time for exercise is by allowing employees to exercise “on the clock” for 30 minutes each day.

Exercise in the office isn’t an extraordinary new idea. But regular physical activity has such positive impacts for both employees and employers – I think it’s worth revisiting all the benefits.

The Wellbeing Game was evaluated in two separate contexts: in a student sample and in an organizational setting, according to this study. The Wellbeing Game’s efficacy was tested in Study 1 among 60 university students in terms of its influence on wellbeing, stress, and an image valence test. Students reported a substantial positive change in wellbeing after playing the Wellbeing Game compared to those who did not play the Wellbeing Game, but there was no decrease in stress or change in image valence classification. The Wellbeing Game was examined in an organizational setting in Study 2.

The knowledge economy today drives the developed world to a great extent, with an expanding number of employment focusing on technology and information creation, necessitating personnel with specialized skillsets and making individuals difficult to replace (Hellgren et al., 2008). As a result,

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References:

https://www.ilo.org/safework/areasofwork/workplace-health-promotion-and-well-being/WCMS_118396/lang–en/index.htm

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0033354919878434

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeannemeister/2021/08/04/the-future-of-work-is-worker-well-being/?sh=62413dfb4aed

https://www.forbes.com/sites/alankohll/2019/01/09/why-we-pay-our-employees-to-exercise-at-work/?sh=161d0b3028d2

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00505/full

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