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January 31, 2018

Corporate Wellbeing in 2018

Want to know all about Wellbeing in the Workplace but don’t know where to start? We’ve got the answers you’ve been looking for.

 

What do I need to know?

Encouraging Corporate Wellbeing is critical in 2018, both for a corporation’s leaders and for its employees. According to the most recent figures, 14.7% of people experience mental health related issues in the workplace with up to 12.7% of sickness days taken by employees attributed to mental health conditions.

Workplace Wellbeing has been suggested by analysts to be a key trend affecting businesses in 2018. 1 in 6 workers are affected by anxiety and depression, meaning it’s more crucial than ever to find ways to improve mental health practices in the workplace.

Here at Psychology Wales we work with organisations to develop robust wellbeing practices to increase understanding and resilience, and support recovery when necessary.  This promotes a happier healthier environment increasing productivity, reducing absenteeism and increasing staff retention.

What can exacerbate mental ill health at work?

  • Common triggers impacting on well being include stress surrounding work-life balance, relationships within the office, workload demands and job security in addition to significant life events, loss or trauma at home or work.
  • If support is not visible or difficult to access then an employee can that feels that their needs are not being met and may be more likely to leave an organisation.

What can I gain from adding corporate wellbeing practices into my business?

  • Incorporating wellbeing practices into your business structure reduces both absenteeism and presenteeism.
  • Your employees are more likely to feel confident and valued when they know that their mental and emotional needs are being considered by their employer and this contributes to a healthier proactive workforce.

Investing in your employees’ wellbeing is an investment into your business, and the benefits are boundless.

What can I do?

  • Remind your employees of their value. Encourage staff empowerment that makes employees feel reminded of their self worth, making them more likely to stay at the organisation and raising team morale.
  • Raise awareness of mental health in the workplace. If this is something you’re unsure of how to do, Psychology Wales offer mental health and wellbeing at work courses tailored to your individual business needs.
  • If you notice that an employee is experiencing ill health at work, have a discrete conversation with them and let them know you would like to support them and what other options there are for ongoing support. Arrange a follow up meeting so they don’t have to be at crisis point to seek help.
  • Psychology Wales offer a counselling service for organisations so that employees can be referred quickly and know they have confidential support when faced with mental health difficulties.
  • Incorporate Mindfulness practice into the workplace, or maybe provide employees with stress management training.
  • Recognise potential stressors present in your workplace and implement a strategy to reduce those stressors if possible.
  • Encourage an open dialogue about mental health in the workplace. Identifying wellbeing champions could be a good place to start with this.
  • Ensure you have a well structured wellbeing strategy in your workplace.

 

References:

 

Lelliott, P., Tulloch, S., Boardman, J., Harvey, S., & Henderson, H. (2008). Mental health and work. Retrieved from gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/212266/hwwb-mental-health-and-work.pdf

 

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