Workplace wellbeing has become a core focus for organisations due to the positive links that have been found between the health and wellbeing of employees and productivity and performance (Fenton et al, 2014). Yet some companies still struggle to define workplace wellbeing, asking where does it start in your business and where does it end. A successful workplace wellbeing programme depends on each and every part of your business operating effectively, as each and every part of your business can have a positive impact on employee health if engineered correctly.
The definition of workplace health promotion from the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion reads “The efforts of employers, employees and society to improve the health and well-being of people at work”
So, not only does workplace wellbeing touch on every part of your business, it also requires engagement from employers, employees and society as whole. Initiatives like Workplace Wellbeing Day ensure that society as a whole are aware of the benefits of workplace health promotion but are also aware of the great lengths that companies in Ireland are going to, to promote wellbeing within their organisations.
The rest is being spearheaded by companies, ensuring that there is engagement within their organisation from the top down. Over the course of our workplace wellbeing campaign we will be giving case studies of wellbeing programmes that companies can utilise within their own organisations.
Successful wellbeing programmes can have huge impact on both the business and the individual.
The benefits outlined by the World Health Organisation on workplace health promotion below make it easy to understand the increased focus from employers and employees in this area.
|To the organisation||To the employee|
|a well-managed health and safety programme||a safe and healthy work environment|
|a positive and caring image||enhanced self-esteem|
|improved staff morale||reduced stress|
|reduced staff turnover||improved morale|
|reduced absenteeism||increased job satisfaction|
|increased productivity||increased skills for health protection|
|reduced health care/insurance costs||improved health|
|reduced risk of fines and litigation||improved sense of well-being|