What are the links between work, health and well-being?
Yesterday we reported that one way to connect all three: Driving meaningful conversations at work.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which focuses on the wellbeing of small business owners and employees in the UK, states: “Talking about these issues in the workplace can really improve performance and productivity, and even though it costs time, it should help you in the long-run.”
“Opening up and talking can be really beneficial for you and your employees. Try to speak about what you are all doing at work and what pressures you are both under. It’s important for people to feel comfortable discussing their mental health, and that everyone in your organisation feels able to talk about stress that they experience, or problems that they feel are affecting them day-to-day.”
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development writes that “fostering employee well-being is good for people and their employers. Promoting well-being can prevent problems from escalating and help create positive working environments where individuals and organisations can thrive. It can be a core enabler of employee engagement and productivity, and there’s growing evidence that employee wellness programmes can have a positive impact on key organisational performance indicators.”
The organization, with a hub in the UK, outlines the impact of well-being on employee engagement and productivity. They identify five key takeaways:
- Investing in well-being can lead to greater resilience, innovation and productivity.
- HR professionals are pivotal to steering the health and well-being agenda.
- Good leadership and management practices are required to successfully implement a well-being strategy.
- Well-being strategies need to be tailored to the organisation’s unique needs and characteristics.
- Different stakeholders are responsible for cultivating well-being in different ways.
- The UK Government has recognised the importance of the workplace in promoting health and well-being.
Of course, a well-run workplace wellness program can help deliver many benefits, key among them: Improving individual health outcomes while reducing overall health costs.
The CIPD states: “The fast-changing world of work and the fluctuating demands it places on employers and employees means that our grasp of health and well-being needs can never stand still. It needs to evolve constantly to mitigate and optimise the impact on people’s health and well-being. When people are happy and well, businesses thrive and societies flourish.”