What is corporate wellbeing?
Corporate wellbeing is one of the most vital investments a company can make. Companies that launch wellbeing programs not only invest in the physical wellbeing, safety and mental health of their employees, but also take preventive measures to create a healthier work environment.
Wellbeing is more than avoiding being physically ill. It means a holistic bio-psycho-social construct. The focus is broken down to "being" rather than "doing".
It is becoming increasingly clear to companies that wellbeing means more than just physical health. HR managers and corporate health providers develop a variety of programs to support holistic wellbeing.
Employees who are physically and mentally healthy, show more interest and commitment in the workplace. This involvement influences other variables, including employee turnover and absence.
What is wellbeing?
Wellbeing is a holistic state of being, an overall positive life that is emotionally, spiritually, socially, and intelectually grounded. A positive state of wellbeing is characterized by the general satisfaction and balance in one's own life.
What is wellness?
Wellness is more focused on physical health. Although it has a holistic orientation, the emphasis is on the physical condition (how the body works) rather than meditation or reflection on the current state of being. Wellness is always looking for progress, be it radical changes or small adjustments to habits that aim for better physical health.
What exactly does that mean?
Wellbeing and wellness are different and require different concepts. None is better or more important. Both have a great influence on the health of employees. Both can be part of a OHM (Occupational Health Management) program!
Why is employee wellbeing so important?
You can not expect your employees to improve if they do not feel good. A good feeling and a positive attitude is one of the secrets of the whole success. Positivity can make the difference.
Gallup scientists have been researching the demands of a well-lived life for years. More recently, in partnership with leading economists, psychologists and other scientists, they have begun to explore the common elements of wellbeing that transcend our lands and cultures.
As part of this research, Gallup conducted a comprehensive global study in more than 150 countries and analyzed the wellbeing of more than 98% of the world's population. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, they have asked hundreds of questions about health, wealth, relationships, jobs and communities (how people live their days and evaluate their lives as a whole). The scientists have discovered 5 essential elements:
Are you or your employees satisfied in all 5 areas?
While 66% of people feel comfortable in at least one area, only 7% are satisfied in all of them. If we have problems in just one area, as most of us do, it is enough to feel disturbances in our overall wellbeing and it affects our daily lives. Only when we are happy and satisfied in all 5 areas, we can get the most out of us.