It’s no secret that workplace conditions are a significant source of stress for many people. And that is why it’s important to promote workplace well-being as a way to keep employees happy, motivated, and productive. To help employees improve their well-being, employers should create a culture that fosters a sense of purpose. Instead of focusing on a company’s external benefits, employers should focus on enhancing employees’ intrinsic motivation. They should also empower employees to take ownership of their own health and well-being so that they become champions for their own health state.

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How To Measure It?

A key aspect of well-being at work is its measurement. Many employers struggle to collect employee feedback and survey responses. Employee surveys are often delivered through channels that employees tend to ignore. Further, organizations often do not have an easy way to aggregate these responses and use them to better plan their well-being programs. To ensure the most effective outcomes, companies should measure well-being at work as an overall company goal and use these results to inform their workplace culture and communication practices.

In addition, well-being at work is often a topic of scepticism by some executives who see burnout as a cost of doing business. As such, well-being at work initiatives may be viewed as a threat to productivity. Even if you have the most well-meaning intentions, an executive may view the program as a way to reduce the workload of employees. Ultimately, the program will need to engage employees at all levels and provide them with a range of well-being benefits.

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Why Is It Important?

Employee mental health is an increasingly important topic for companies to address, not only because it impacts organizational performance, but also because it has a profound impact on individual and organizational well-being. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association’s latest study, we are facing the highest stress levels since the pandemic hit the world, a rise in alcohol consumption and a significant increase in stress-related symptoms among workers. One-in-five workers report their mental health as being worse than last year.

Building meaningful relationships with colleagues has numerous benefits. Employees who have a ‘best friend’ at work report higher levels of engagement, higher productivity, and lower safety incidents. Employees who feel connected to their co-workers are more likely to seek help for issues that affect them. A healthy relationship with a colleague can also increase a company’s bottom line. In addition to improving employee well-being, these relationships are essential for the business.