All of us as human beings are vulnerable to stresses and challenges with our wellbeing and mental health, both within work and at home. The first step to managing this, like anything, is to recognise it.
Taking care of ourselves naturally makes us more resilient at handling stressful situations, but in many circumstances, this isn’t solely enough. Having a positive support network, open lines of communication and resources to educate and guide us are all ways to encourage us to talk about it, and most importantly not be afraid to do so.
Now more than ever it is becoming increasingly important to understand stress – the impacts this has and how to deal with this. Corporate responsibility on this subject has been a big focus in recent years and continues to be so with more than two thirds of us admitting that our stresses, worries and anxieties are work-related.
Last year alone almost half of recorded work sickness in the UK was due to stress within the work environment, with ever growing challenges being a key factor. It’s now becoming vital for corporate companies to raise awareness and support for people’s wellbeing at work.
Corporate organisations are now making positive changes which see forward thinking and pro-active approaches to support all areas of wellbeing, from social and physical to mental and financial aspects. All organisations are different and unique and therefore personalising and tailoring their strategies are essential to supporting employees across varied and diverse workforces. An ongoing approach in many organisations sees wellbeing policies reaching further afield with a greater purpose of connecting workplace wellbeing with the organisation’s values and objectives. Positive workplace cultures play a vital role to individuals and companies with most people’s time spent in the workplace environment.
Both employers and employees can all assume a personal responsibility for a pro-active approach and positive behaviours which empower us all to understand stresses and wellbeing, learning to support each other and bring out the best in our abilities.
Encouraging happy and healthy employees will promote an encouraged and energised workforce. Corporate companies continue to acknowledge that the ‘one size fits all’ approach doesn’t work for wellbeing in the workplace, and that it’s vital to understand people and their requirements for any wellbeing strategy to effectively work. Much the same is communicating these strategies, and organisations are encouraged to identify the best communication channels which are both personal and tailored to the business culture. Integrating wellbeing initiatives and fun with wellbeing strategies are all hugely successful; seeing individuals succeed in their approach to wellbeing often has a positive knock on effect.