Someone mistakes it for having large desks, comfortable chairs, work rewards, employee incentives, or even a company coffee maker. However, well-being in the workplace is much more, and we are here to explain what it is and why it is fundamental.
Workplace well-being relates to all activities and approaches that allow employees to experience the workplace as a calm, pleasant, and positive environment, creating a healthy atmosphere beneficial to the company in several ways. The physical, psychological, and social satisfaction we refer to requires the engagement of various people to succeed and persist, such as employers, managers, supervisors, and employees.
Where to start?
First and foremost, one should realize that each employee is an individual; therefore, they possess transversal capabilities, technical knowledge, peculiar characters, and personal experiences.
With that in mind, it appears self-evident how important it is to provide a positive workplace to allow employees to work at their best and prevents them from looking for other job opportunities.
Several alarm bells can help you identify and prevent workplace malaise:
Not only do all these elements increase discomfort and complications in the workplace, but they also decrease profits, hindering growth and productivity.
Conversely, there are different factors that you can use to recognize when there is well-being in the workplace. Pay attention and ask yourself whether they apply.
One last point that offers a good summary is represented by the support given to employees in finding a good balance between professional and personal life.
As you see, numerous elements can suggest whether a business cares for employee well-being.
Even though many businesses do not often realize it, a healthy work environment results in significant company outcomes. The workplace affects productivity, work quality, company image, absenteeism, and turnover.
Imagine a workplace where everyone feels professionally appreciated and part of a cohesive team; a company that recognizes and rewards achievements and considers relaxation areas as positive and helpful, customizes activities for the employees and promotes team-building opportunities. How would you perceive the workplace? How would your employees perceive it? What would the effects on their work routine be?
We are referring to the so-called work-life balance, a harmonious equilibrium between professional and personal life. The goal is achieving and maintaining well-being in the whole company to improve the quality of life for everyone involved.
In pursuing and maintaining employee well-being, it is fundamental that everyone plays their part: employers, managers, HR department, and employees, none excluded.
No matter who you are, everyone has an individual responsibility to encourage happiness at work.
Are you an employer? Keep these responsibilities in mind:
Are you an employee? Do not forget about your responsibilities:
Are you a manager? You can determine your company's happiness:
Everyone plays a role in achieving well-being in the workplace, and harmonious collaboration is essential.
Every company is different, requires specific approaches, and might take more or less time to improve. In any case, how about starting to invest in organizational well-being today?
Make it happen!