Improving employee well-being and productivity

Improving employee well-being and productivity

Well-being is how people feel and function on an individual and social level. It covers the way they feel about their lives, including their jobs, and their relationships with the people around them.

 
 

Well-being is how people feel and function on an individual and social level. It covers the way they feel about their lives, including their jobs, and their relationships with the people around them.

Health and wellbeing at work can have profound impacts on individuals, organisations and societies and the cost of sickness absence to British business in 2011 was put at approximately £15bn annually (Black and Frost, 2011). Sickness absence, productivity, an ageing workforce, external lifestyle matters, pressure on costs and the rise of human capital represent an increasingly contributions employee health makes to business, organizational and personal effectiveness. Employers are now recognising that apart from having a healthy workforce, they also need employees who are positively engaged, socially responsible and aligned with organizational goals.

A number of factors affect employee wellbeing a work. These are personal character, home life, social life and others factors at work, including relationships with their managers, relationships with colleagues,  involvement with organisational issues and decisions, job design and control over the way they do their work, and availability and acceptability of flexible working.

To improve the wellbeing of employee, employers should consider improvement is   Job and work environment (providing stress and health-promotion interventions in the workplace), offer employee health education on lifestyle risk-factors related to obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption,  provide training and awareness on health and physical risks  including chronic health conditions and mental health.

Organisations must ensure their workplace wellness programs are well established and operational at all times for a workplace wellness program to be successful, organisations must ensure that their initiatives are readily available and running smoothly – both at the time of launching the program and on a day-to-day basis. This means that employers must continue to regularly review usage of initiatives to ensure that they are being properly utilised, and seek input from their employees into which initiatives are valued and which are not

 


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