The term “wellbeing” of staff covers several aspects of the way they feel about their lives, including their jobs, how they relate with the people around about them and how they deal with stress. Of course, a person’s wellbeing is to do with their own character, however research shows that employers can greatly influence an individual’s sense of wellbeing by ensuring there is a positive work[place culture and staff enjoy their place of work.
If employers focus only on illness or absence management, they will only be managing cases of illness and reacting to an issue after it has happened, which is costly both financially and organisationally. However their is a large financial window where there are significant costs when staff are not happy, healthy and therefore productive. Organisations need to make the connection between an positive working culture, good communication and wellbeing for the health of the business. Individual performance can be impeded by organisational factors, but these are things that employers can influence. It is important to keep employees engaged, motivated and happy within the organisation.
When a commitment to creating a healthy work environment becomes part of the organisational culture, both the employee and the organisation benefit. Investing in staff wellbeing saves money and serves as a good investment for company profit and growth. There is evidence to suggest that effective changes in behaviours, improved interpersonal communication and a positive work culture reduce health risks and boost staff performance and engagement.
Employee wellbeing is increasingly a focus of government attention in the UK and elsewhere. It is viewed as a legitimate target of government policy in its own right, but there are also reasons to think that improvements in employees’ wellbeing may be conducive to economic growth.
Positive Behaviours and attitudes = Good communication = Positive corporate culture = Improved wellbeing = increased profits