Workplace Wellbeing

As business leaders, it is common to think that if your workforce is productive then you have create a positive space for people, and those people enjoy coming to work. The reality though, is that for many people across the world, they find themselves just getting by on a daily basis. For some business leaders, they find themselves fire-fighting on a daily basis, trying to find a balance between happiness and discipline, that leads to a minimal loss of productivity.

For the vast majority of business leaders, manager and directors, the idea of having a work space where staff enjoy what they do and productivity is high, is some kind of Unicorn. Wholly unobtainable and mythical, something that hippies talk about and employees dream about. Unfortunately, employees who lobby for better work place conditions are often seen as trouble-makers that want to buck a trend, when the reality is that everybody wants the same thing, even the business leaders, it’s just nobody really knows how to achieve it, or what it looks like.

The truth is, wellbeing starts with the individual, and no amount of free Pilates classes, Bananas in the lunch room or team building days is going to change that. If the individual can’t find a way to develop a sense of worth in what they are doing, then that will grow and grow until it takes over, because whatever we feed we grow, and if we are negative about our situation, we are feeding the situation.

What is Wellbeing? isn’t it just Mental Health?

Mental Health is a term that gets thrown around a lot. Unfortunately it’s become a buzz term for people to use when they want to explain something they don’t really understand. For business leaders they believe they are supporting mental health, and for employees they are experiencing mental health. both of which are wrong. Mental Health is a measurable system the same as Physical Health, and some people live with long-term poor Mental Health the same way some people live with long-term poor Physical Health. Equally some people get a cold, the same as some people feel sad.

There are 5 recognised steps to achieving wellbeing, and that can support good Mental, Physical and Spiritual Health, we call this Abundant Vitality .

  • Connect with People
  • Be Active
  • Be Mindful
  • Keep Learning
  • Give to Others

We use these as Pillars to support a sustainable sense of Abundant Vitality that empowers the individual. Having a workforce of people who all have wellbeing, leads to a positive and more productive work environment.