Workplace Wellbeing relates to all aspects of working life. There are a number of factors that contribute to the quality and safety of the work environment. These factors include the way workers feel about their work, their working environment, the workplace climate and the way they organise their work.
The wellbeing of employees is a critical factor in determining an organisation’s long-term effectiveness. Numerous studies have shown a direct link between productivity levels and the general health and wellbeing of the workforce.

It is not just about physical factors, such as the ergonomics of the workspace, but also emotional factors, such as a sense of satisfaction, confidence or enjoyment. Every individual has their own idea of happiness and needs, but the employer, employee and manager all have a role to play in ensuring the wellbeing of the workforce.

A holistic mindset encourages us to live with the awareness that every action we take has been influenced by and will affect the whole. Making decisions based on the input we receive from the whole can contribute to a harmonious organisational culture.

It is crucial to understand the mission and values of the company, which create clarity and a guiding standard to refer to in moments of confusion. Conflicts can be resolved by referring back to the mission and values and making the decision that best fits these principles.

When companies are actively aware of their values, and everyone is motivated to live these values, the workplace becomes more than a machine for creating productivity. It becomes a cultural centre from which people can live and embody their ideals.

It is of great importance to move towards a more empowering corporate culture to enhance employee wellbeing, productivity, job satisfaction, and engagement. Therefore, wellbeing programs work best when responsibility is shared between the employer and the employee, allowing employees to understand and respond to their individual health and wellbeing needs.

As a leader, you provide the framework. It’s your responsibility to create a work environment that enables employees to feel supported, motivated, healthy and safe. As a manager and leader, you play a critical role in creating a workplace culture that promotes employee wellbeing. Here are some ways to contribute to employee wellbeing:

1. Create a positive work environment: As a manager, you can create a positive work environment by promoting open communication, respect, and appreciation for employees. You can encourage teamwork, recognise employee accomplishments and try to reward them for their accomplishments.
2. Provide support and resources: You can provide support and resources for employees to maintain their physical and mental health. Offer training and development opportunities, flexible work arrangements, and mental health resources, such as employee assistance programs or hire a company’s psychotherapist.
3. Encourage work-life balance: By providing flexible work arrangements, such as remote work options or flexible hours, you are supporting your employees to create healthy work habits and a harmonious life outside their workplace.
4. Create a culture of wellness: You can create a culture of wellness by promoting healthy behaviours and encouraging healthy choices. You can provide healthy food options, offer fitness programs and provide opportunities for employees to engage in wellness activities. This can include walking meetings or group fitness classes.

As an individual, you are the ruler of your own happiness. You as an employee have a responsibility to take care of your own wellbeing. You can start by asking yourself: What is wellbeing for me personally? What do I need to feel healthy, safe or happy at work? I enjoy my work? Is my relationship with my work healthy? Here are some ways that you as an individual can contribute to your own wellbeing in the workplace:

1. Prioritising self-care: You can prioritise self-care by taking breaks, engaging in physical activity, practicing relaxation techniques and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. You can also practice healthy habits, such as eating nutritious foods, getting enough sleep and staying hydrated.
2. Communicating with their manager: Try to communicate with your manager about your workload, job responsibilities and any concerns or issues you are facing. By discussing these matters with your manager, you can work together to find solutions that support your wellbeing and productivity.
3. Participating in wellness programs: Many companies offer wellness programs, such as fitness classes, mindfulness sessions or employee assistance programs. You can take advantage of these programs to support your physical and mental health.
4. Building positive relationships: Build positive relationships with co-workers by fostering a supportive and collaborative work environment. By working together, you can feel more connected, engaged and motivated at work.
5. Seeking feedback and learning opportunities: Seek feedback from your manager or peers to improve your job performance and develop new skills. This can lead to a sense of accomplishment and job satisfaction.
By taking responsibility as a manager or as an employee we are supporting the culture of wellbeing and enhancing the quality of our lives.