Employee Wellbeing-Caring for Your Resources

Employee well-being comprises the mental, physical, emotional, and economic health of Employees at the workplace and is directly interwoven with Organisational growth. The Wellbeing Diagnostic India Survey was run between October and November 2020 in India and aimed to understand organizations’ approaches to well-being in the workplace.

Major Contributors to Stress at Workplaces:

Workplace stress can arise from various factors, and its impact on employees’ well-being and overall productivity is a significant concern for organizations. Employee wellness goes beyond traditional healthcare benefits, encompassing a holistic approach that addresses physical, mental, and social well-being. As businesses acknowledge the interdependency between a healthy workforce and overall organizational success, they are proactively implementing wellness programs and initiatives.

Here we delve into various stress contributors at work:

Task Clarity

Often employees feel confused and struggle in terms of their responsibilities. Proper guidance in the form of training or mentoring, whether practical (how to use a specific tool) or goal-oriented (what the end objective of a project is) is fundamental for employees to get the job done. Employees struggle to determine priorities or set smart goals without proper clarity in work.

Leadership Style

It is often said that “employees quit bosses, not jobs”. A poor management style can enhance employee stress massively. Explaining every nut and bolt of one’s daily task deliverables is exhausting. In the longer run, it makes the employee feel incompetent and unskilled.

Zero Social Support

To thrive, employees require effective collaboration along with individual contributions. When competition is high and one’s performance is always compared to peers, a lack of confidence and lethal relationships arise where colleagues may perceive each other as rivals rather than collaborators which affects productivity and takes time to resolve quickly.

Workload

An inadequate number of employees increases workloads on the existing employees’ creating a stressful environment. Sometimes urgent business needs create a demanding situation mounting pressure compensating for quality of deliverables. Helplessness, doubt, and fatigue are the top emotions in such conditions pressure compensating for the quality of deliverables. Helplessness, doubt, and fatigue are the top emotions in such conditions.

Organizational Benefits- To Combat Stress at the Workplace:

To combat stress at the workplace Organizations are imbibing an enhanced positive culture prioritizing overall well-being and aiding various work-life balance measures like:

Financial benefits 

For individuals, financial benefits translate into a sense of financial freedom, empowering them to make choices that align with their aspirations. Employee benefits such as Provident Fund (PF) and gratuity are integral components of the compensation package offered by industries.

A Provident Fund is a long-term savings scheme where both the employer and employee contribute a certain percentage of the employee’s salary, providing financial security and a source of savings for retirement.

Gratuity, on the other hand, is a lump-sum amount paid by the employer to an employee as a token of appreciation for the years of service rendered.

Physical health benefits 

Companies play a pivotal role in promoting the physical well-being of their employees by offering a range of health benefits. These initiatives extend beyond traditional healthcare coverage to encompass various wellness programs and incentives. Many companies provide comprehensive health insurance plans, covering medical expenses and ensuring that employees have access to quality healthcare. Additionally, wellness programs such as gym memberships, fitness classes, and health screenings are increasingly common, encouraging employees to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Mental health benefits 

Recognizing the significance of mental health in overall well-being, many companies are increasingly prioritizing mental health benefits for their employees. Beyond traditional healthcare, employers are offering mental health support services, such as counseling and therapy resources, to address the unique challenges individuals may face. Some organizations implement stress management programs, mindfulness workshops, or employee assistance programs to provide comprehensive mental health support. The challenges of mental health issues within the workplace are gaining prominence, creating an environment where employees feel comfortable seeking help when needed.

Work-life balance benefits. 

In recognition of the importance of work-life balance, companies are increasingly adopting policies and benefits that support the overall well-being of their employees. Flexible work arrangements, such as remote work options, and flexible working hours, allow employees to better manage their professional and personal responsibilities. Many organizations also provide paid time off (PTO) parental leave, and vacation policies to encourage employees to take breaks and recharge. By promoting a healthy work-life balance, companies aim to reduce burnout, enhance job satisfaction, and improve overall employee morale. These benefits not only contribute to the physical and mental well-being of the workforce but also foster a more positive and productive work environment for a healthy long-term association between employees and the organization.

Conclusion

This shift reflects a commitment to creating environments where employees not only contribute their best professionally but also enjoy a supportive and nurturing atmosphere that promotes their overall health and happiness. Organizations that prioritize comprehensive wellness programs not only enhance the physical health of their workforce but also nurture mental resilience, foster positive interpersonal relationships, and create an environment conducive to peak performance. By incorporating effective wellness strategies, businesses ensure that their teams are not only physically healthy but also resilient, engaged, and high-performing.

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