I’ve learned from experience how critical workplace culture is to employee morale, job satisfaction, engagement and performance.
Not surprisingly, increased stress levels in the workplace have created a corresponding increase in burnout. Research from 2018 found that 44% of full-time employees reported feeling burnt out at work sometimes and nearly 25% felt it “very often or always”.
In addition, the World Health Organization announced in May this year that burnout will be classified as a “mental health syndrome” in 2022.
This is not good news for business or the workforce. So, what needs to change?
I believe that organizations need to make creating a culture of wellness a priority. This starts with creating awareness and having conversations that expand the understanding of what it is to be well and the benefits of wellness. It requires values, commitment and strategy integrated at every level in an organization.
A wellness strategy needs to focus on the overall well-being of employees, personally and professionally. It also needs to be inclusive so everyone can benefit.
It requires being supported by a structure and process which measures well-being, how it can be improved and provides a visual roadmap of wellness that employees can understand.
It’s important to have alignment between existing corporate benefit programs and recognized and proven wellness competencies as well as benchmarks for success.
With a robust wellness strategy, a vibrant and sustainable workplace culture is a competitive advantage and integral to the overall success of an organization and its employees.
Alyusha Maharaj, B.A., LL.B., ACPC, ACC, WISF
Performance and Success Coach
Master Wellness Facilitator