What Is Wellbeing at Work and Why Does It Matter?

Are you dealing with feelings of disenfranchisement, unfulfillment, and boredom at work? How are you dealing with stress at work on a daily basis? Wellbeing is a real buzzword at the moment, and wellbeing in the workplace is not only an interesting and timely topic to discuss but certainly a topic that deserves our attention.

Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • The definition of wellbeing

  • Things that are important for wellbeing

  • The problems facing companies today with regards to wellbeing (absenteeism, presenteeism, leaveism)

  • Exploring solutions to these problems

  • The difficult strains on mental health and physical health that can come from stress and overwork

  • Why wellbeing in the workplace matters

Key Takeaways:

  • Wellbeing is really a state of being comfortable, healthy or happy.

  • A part of wellbeing is mental health. The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with enormous stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

  • Wellbeing in the workplace, specifically, includes a job that is challenging, rewarding, fulfills a clear need or purpose and has a support network within it. It is also feeling that you’re a part of something — a team, a common cause, or an overall sense of purpose.

  • A healthy and happy workforce creates a culture that increases employee retention and engagement, and that’s a huge competitive advantage for any company.

  • Companies must have a mutually inclusive duty of care starting from the top of the corporate ladder. Meaning that the employee has a duty of care to ensure that they’re fit for the rigors of business, and the employer has a duty of care to ensure that they are reasonable in their expectations and creating a working environment that does not preclude health or wellbeing.

Action Steps for Employers/Companies:

  • Prioritize wellbeing in the working world.

  • Ensure that you have an environment that is set up for an active day.

  • Set policies around email after working hours and policies around working at weekends or during holidays.

Leanne says:

“It’s toxic to every cell in your body to keep at something you’re essentially fighting against.”

“Wellbeing is going to be the way that companies differentiate.”

Thanks for listening!

If you’re interested in what you just heard and you happen to be in London on Tuesday, 3rd of July, we are running an event called Increasing Employee Engagement and Retention: What Part Does Wellbeing Play and Why Does It Matter. Check out the link for more details!

And if you want to find out more about what we do for corporates, you can jump on our website and check the Bodyshot Performance Corporate Page.

And finally, if you’re listening to this and you’re curious about your health, I invite you to take the Health IQ test to find out your score.

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Links to things we discuss in the show:

Remove the Guesswork Episode 10: Good Mental Hygiene, Courageous Leadership and Addressing the Stigma of Mental Health in the Workplace with Geoff McDonald – released August 23, 2017

Bodyshot Performance Corporate Page

Increasing Employee Engagement and Retention: What Part Does Wellbeing Play and Why Does It Matter – an event by Bodyshot Performance Limited

More from Leanne Spencer:

Bodyshot Performance

Bodyshot Performance Limited Facebook page

Remove the Guesswork BOOK by Leanne Spencer
Rise and Shine BOOK by Leanne Spencer

Leanne’s Email

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