As an employer, taking a holistic approach to the overall physical, mental and emotional health of employees will only benefit your company. In this article, we will discuss the three areas of employee well-being and why it matters.
The 3 areas of employee well-being
There are three pivotal aspects of employee well-being, including:
Physical – nutrition, sleep, and exercise
Mental – mindfulness, awareness, and focus
Spiritual – mission, values, and purpose
You may think that taking care of your employees’ well-being should be their responsibility, but it’s not that simple. With the average person spending over 90,000 hours of their lives at work, integrating wellness practices into corporate culture can make a world of a difference.
Why are these three pillars important?
To meet the mental health and well-being of employees, all three pillars need to be considered and supported. When this is achieved, we see employees with higher overall well-being. In turn, they are more likely to demonstrate more commitment, productivity and morale within the workplace. The end result is more connection, motivation and satisfaction.
What are the next steps to introduce the three pillars in my company or organisation?
- Prioritise making your organisation psychologically safe through authentic leadership and a positive work culture. Creating a safe space, sharing culture and removing blame will facilitate a healthy shift in the workplace
- Focus on becoming an emotionally intelligent company that encourages employees to show emotion and leadership
- Take a holistic approach to well-being at your organisation, assessing and supporting at all levels in order to create an engaged, resilient workforce
What are the next steps?
Employees should not have to choose between work and well-being. High levels of stress and negative mental health outcomes can negatively impact performance in the workplace. Simply put, failing to invest in your employees is failing to invest in your company or organisation. You can start small, but the most important thing is that you start somewhere. When you support your people, you support your business.