Wellbeing help and resources
Wellbeing is at the core of everything we do and should be pursued in all aspects of life, including the workplace. While work can often be viewed as just a means to earn a living, it’s essential to recognize that we spend a significant portion of our lives working. So, it’s crucial to prioritize our mental health at work, rather than considering it a mere luxury. We need to proactively focus on maintaining our wellbeing, rather than fixing it when something goes wrong.
Research consistently shows there’s a strong positive relationship between people engagement and business performance. When we feel valued, supported and find meaning in our work, we’re more likely to be engaged and our wellbeing improves. We become more productive, innovative and committed to achieving the organization’s goals. We’re also more likely to go the extra mile, deliver high-quality work and contribute to a positive work culture.
Wellbeing – the benefits
Organizations that prioritize employee wellbeing and create a supportive, psychologically safe working environment benefit from:
- Reduced absenteeism
- Reduced turnover rates of people
- Improved customer satisfaction
- Increased profitability
- Better organizational performance
75% of respondents in a study by Deloitte said
that the ‘evolving role of HR was important
or very important for their success
over the next 12 to 18 months’.
In 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) defined
good mental health as ‘a state of wellbeing in which
an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope
with the normal stresses of life, can work productively,
and is able to make a contribution to his or her community‘.
World Health Organisation, 2018
51% of all work-related ill health in 2020
was attributed to anxiety and depression.
Health and Safety Executive, 2020
It’s all about PERMA…
Poor mental health costs UK employers up to £45 billion each year. This is a rise of 16% since 2016 – an extra £6 billion a year.
We use the PERMA model, introduced by Martin Seligman in 2011. The five core elements of psychological wellbeing, can help people take steps towards wellbeing and work towards a life of fulfilment, happiness, and meaning. These are:
- Positive Emotions – boosts self-esteem, innovation, creativity
- Engagement – performance, positive mindset, reduced depression
- Relationships – revitalizers, mood enhances, trust
- Meaning – performance fuelled by meaningful purpose, brings organisational values to life
- Accomplishment – feel good, in control, valued contribution