wellbeing in the workplace

The Importance of Wellbeing in the Workplace

There have been numerous studies carried out on why wellbeing in the workplace is fundamental in promoting an effective workforce and organisation. These studies have delivered some insightful results and have given rise to concern over the effects of less than desired working environments/situations.

Wellbeing or wellness has many definitions although they all correlate to one another in one way or another, a brief idea of what wellbeing could mean is how satisfied people are with their lives, their situation and in terms of this article, how satisfied they are in their working lives. It could also include whether staff have a sense of purpose within their organisation or more shockingly whether the actual organisation even knows its own purpose? Wellbeing is also concerned with both mental and physical aspects of health and ensuring that every staff member is looked after by their organisation.

Wellbeing in the workplace is vital for any organisation to attract and retain the right candidates, having a reputation of providing an excellent wellness strategy will help attract the best people and then providing a working environment with wellbeing and support in place will aid the retention of those people. This means that every organisation should have a plan for wellbeing in the workplace and this includes having a strategy that is measurable and results driven.

Some of the studies in relation to mental health within organisations have shown that mental health is the biggest cause of staff absenteeism and this is further confirmed by the charity Mind.

“1 in 6 British workers have mental health problems”

“Estimated 300,000 people leave their job each year due to mental health”

“Annual cost of mental health is between £33 million and £44 million”

“15% of people at work have symptoms of mental health”

“1 in 5 agreed that they have called in sick due to avoid work due to mental health reasons”

“14% agreed that they had resigned from their role due to mental health”

“42% had considered resigning!”

“Mental health problems amongst workers cost the UK economy approximately £26 Billion per year”

So, we can see that effects of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace are staggering, and some studies indicate that these figures are set to rise over the next 10 years.

Many organisations embrace wellbeing in the workplace and do so by investing in their people, creating positive cultures within their organisations and providing environments that make people happy. All these helps to promote corporate wellbeing and reduces mental health and other negative aspects of working.

How can Inspire Challenge help? Well we introduce the fun back into your workforce! Being serious though, we understand how to improve team performance through carefully thought out challenges, how to uplift and inspire your staff through engaging activities and how to reduce stress and other negative feelings by introducing people to amazing challenges and experiences.