You may wonder what wellness has to do with the workplace.
Well, the month of May is Mental Health Awareness month which is significant given the World Health Organization predicts by next year, 1 in 5 people will have a mental health issue.
This is in part due to disruptive changes in the workplace and the corresponding increase in stress levels. Employees are trying to cope with increased workloads as they are expected to do more with less while simultaneously dealing with the dizzying pace of technological change. Not surprisingly, the costs of health insurance have also increased commensurately.
Creating or enhancing a wellness culture in the workplace can no longer be a nice-to-have. Wellness needs to be embedded in organizations - regardless of their size - for the health and well-being of employees and the long-term stability and viability of organizations. This requires a change in mindset.
The success of an organization is dependent on its culture. A wellness culture should be open, inclusive and collaborative. When everyone in an organization has a role in creating and defining a wellness culture, there is sense of collective ownership where employees feel valued, they understand their role and impact and can exercise greater control over their work life.
Wellness is more than just physical health and fitness. It is a holistic and multi-dimensional approach focused on the overall well-being of employees, personally and professionally. Structure is needed for everyone to find a definition of wellness that looks like them so they can develop resilience to increase their overall well-being and perform at their best.
Creating a wellness culture can be done cost effectively in all sizes of organizations and across all industries.
Organizations also need to realize that creating a wellness culture is an investment that can be a powerful tool to retain talent which, in turn, can enhance productivity, increase employee satisfaction and create longer-term competitive advantage.
Alyusha Maharaj, B.A., LL.B., ACPC, ACC, WISF
Performance and Success Coach
Master Wellness Facilitator