Wellbeing in the workplace has become a hot topic in popular culture. Wanting to know more about an all inclusive approach to wellbeing, we spoke to Dr Jelena Goranovic. Jelena is a doctor of psychology working in the area of people development and wellbeing. She is Co-Founder and Programme Director of Sussex Wellbeing Company, where she spends her days consulting organisations on their wellbeing needs and building tailor-made wellbeing and team development programmes.
” Wellbeing is systemic. It doesn’t affect just one area of our lives but is instead related to all aspects of mental and physical health. It is influenced by factors coming at us from all directions, both in and outside of the workplace.
Despite this, it is not uncommon for businesses of all sizes to take a linear approach to employee wellbeing. We have seen companies prioritise nutrition, organising a fruit basket for the office each week, or focusing only on team development and management training.
While any attempt to prioritise the health and happiness of your employees is important, your efforts will be far more effective if you take a 360 degree approach to wellbeing in the workplace.
What is the impact of stress in the workplace?
Stress accounts for 47% of short term absences and 53% of long term absences in the UK, while presenteeism – employees being physically present but mentally or bodily unwell – is also becoming a large problem. 72% of employers have seen presenteeism within their teams over the past 12 months.
Stress in the workplace not only affects individuals, it has a knock-on effect on teams and your business as a whole and cost the British economy almost £6.5 billion in 2015/16.
Excessive sitting, the bulk of which we do at work, can cost lives. People who sit down for long periods have a 90% greater chance of mortality from cardiovascular disease, are more prone to depression and have higher chances of lung cancer (54%) and colon cancer.
How can I create an effective workplace wellbeing strategy?
There is no one-size-fits all approach to wellbeing, as every individual will have different stressors and different ways of dealing with them.
This is where a systemic approach is important. Before you can create an effective wellbeing strategy, you must first consider all factors. Individual factors could be vast and varied, and include personal, family and lifestyle issues, financial stresses and more. Inside work, team dynamics, company culture and the stress of their role could all be impacting your employee’s health and wellbeing.
It is crucial to first determine the cause of stress for individuals within your team. You can do this through a wellbeing audit, one on one consultancy and psychometric testing, which will help you to not only determine why someone is stressed but also how, according to their personality type, they are likely to deal with it.
Once you have determined the hows and whys, you can then look at what you are going to do to tackle the issue and prevent burnout, before it has a significant impact on the individual and your business.
Join Dr Jelena at our Office Managers wellbeing workshop on the 9th of November 2017
Different approaches to wellbeing in the workplace
There are a range of different approaches you can take when creating your wellbeing strategy. Mindfulness workshops tackle stress management and binge eating, which is considered to account for $107,965 (approximately £87,000) in annual productivity in a company of 1,000, while on-site massage alleviates physical and mental tension.
Restorative yoga is a great option for those working long hours in front of a computer and can be teamed with nutritional support to help employees maintain energy levels, which will also help to reduce stress and presenteeism.
Stress and burnout management workshops tackle the issue at its cause and provide actionable ways for employees to deal with stress. These are also a great way for managers to understand their employees better and to more effectively identify signs of stress when they first appear.
It’s time for a shift in the workplace paradigm. As our population grows older and stays in work longer, it is increasingly important for businesses of all sizes to take a 360 degree approach to wellbeing in the workplace.
Healthy, happy employees will be more engaged, more productive and will push your business further”.
Are you ready to make wellness in the workplace a priority? Get in touch with Sussex Wellbeing Company today, or join Dr Jelena at our wellbeing workshop on the 9th of November 2017.
Author:Dr Jelena Goranovic
Jelena is a doctor of psychology working in the area of people development and wellbeing. She is Co-Founder and Programme Director of Sussex Wellbeing Company, where she spends her days consulting organisations on their wellbeing needs and building tailor-made wellbeing and team development programmes. Jelena also evaluates the effectiveness of all interventions, providing clients from a wide range of industries with a clear insight into their return on investment.