As companies begin to understand the importance of wellbeing and the impacts it can have on organizations, we need to go through it once again, because “Repetitio est mater studiorum or Repetition is the mother of learning!”.
When talking about well-being we need to take into consideration the positive aspects it can bring to our organization, but also the consequences it can have if we neglect our employee’s mental health.
Workplace well-being is related to every aspect of the job a person will perform, from how they feel about their duties to their physical environment and beyond.
A report from Vitalise Psychology defines Well-being as a combination of physical, emotional, mental, and social health factors. By nurturing employee’s well-being, leaders of organizations can derail the negative consequences it can have on our organizations. Health & Safety Executive statistics show that for 2006/07 almost 30 million days were lost because of work-related illness.
The most common challenges concerning employee well-being are feelings of disconnectedness towards their company or colleagues, increased loneliness, and mounting financial concerns.
These challenges translate into noticeable lower productivity, high turnover, and absenteeism for nearly all companies. Identifying how to improve the quality of work-life balance can show us that benefits outweigh costs. ‘Health and well-being extend far beyond avoiding or reducing the costs of absence or poor performance’ states the recent Black report but this ‘requires a changed perception of health and well-being and a willingness from both employers and employees to invest resources and change behaviors’.
Depression, stress, and anxiety are noted to account for approximately 40% of sickness absences. In the UK working population, 175 million days are lost each year due to this. Employees with poor job satisfaction produce 64% of possible work output. In contrast, those with excellent well-being produce 83%. If we were not to take any precautionary measures in the future, how much would it cost us?
Workplace Wellbeing Strategy
For companies just starting out and tasting the difficulties in providing a proper wellbeing treatment toward your employees, this can be a challenging situation to be in. Here are a few ways you can engage, advise and support your employees in difficult times.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
For employees experiencing mental health problems, there is evidence supporting individual cognitive-behavioral therapy. CBT helps by promoting positive strategies in changing unwanted behaviors. By using practical self-help strategies it can have an immediate impact on a person’s wellbeing.
Kaktus.AI uses innovative smart tools to monitor and predict mental wellbeing issues directly associated with workplace productivity. Organizations can be enabled to lower their spending, improve the work environment and productivity and increase the retention rate of talented individuals.
Another useful method of keeping up with the well-being of your employees during a pandemic is to try and be social with them and make room for engagement between your staff. We all sometimes dread to be in front of a camera during our daily/weekly zoom meeting, but this is an opportunity for you as a manager to check up on your employees. By looking at their posture and facial expression or the state of the room they are in can be a great way of spotting those red flags.
I’ll finish up with a quote.
“A chaotic workplace environment of frequent, uncontrollable events adversely affects people’s motivation, cognition and learning, and their emotional state. If through their actions, people cannot predictably and significantly affect what happens to them, they are going to stop trying.”- (Harper Collins, 2018) “Dying for a Paycheck”