In this article we will outline the interconnected aspects of what constitutes corporate wellbeing. A term that extends beyond the traditional definition of health and is more than just income.
Corporate wellbeing are important considerations when discussing employee health but they are also just as important for the sake of their productivity.
Therefore it is essential to understand how these different components influence one another. When one aspect of wellness is lacking, it affects the overall wellness resulting in poor performance of the employee. Understanding each component of corporate wellbeing is the first step in the process. In order to achieve optimal well-being corporates must learn how to connect all of the components together.
Workplace wellness programs as an activity or policy are designed and can be put in place to support healthy behaviour and improve the overall wellbeing of workforce. These programs are implemented to prevent, reduce and manage disciplines that affects corporate wellbeing.
There is no consensus around a single definition of corporate wellbeing but generally its meaning is associated with positive emotions, mood and generally feeling good.
There are 5 interdependent areas of corporate wellbeing:
Physical wellness promotes proper care of our bodies to achieve optimal health and functioning. Optimal physical wellness is developed through combination of exercise and healthy eating habits. Physical wellbeing is the most critical element of overall corporate wellbeing as it is the most visible of all the other dimensions and directly affects an individual’s mental wellbeing. Vice versa, poor mental health is a risk factor for chronic physical conditions.
Corporate fitness programs reduce the risk of developing some of the most common diseases such as Diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases, hence having a both immediate and long term health benefits.
We are constantly being reminded that exercise is good for us. However if we shift our focus from “how good exercise is for you” to “ how good it can make you feel”, we might be surprised by how much of an effect a workout habit can have on tour mindset. According to neuroscientists in addition to its stress-reducing, mind-focusing, productivity-inducing, and memory-enhancing properties, there seems to be some evidence supporting the idea that exercise could help make us more creative. Exercise seems to help people come up with new ideas, a proxy for thinking creatively, which is an important constitute of intellectual wellness.
Intellectual wellness is the drive that encourages us to engage in creative and stimulating activities in order to learn new skill and expand our knowledge.
An intellectually well employee is curious, openminded and seeks knowledge. They cherish mentally stimulating activities to expand their knowledge and share it with their peers. They participate in cultural activities and explore new ideas and understanding.
Intellectual wellness is important as it enables us to develop personal resources that work together with the other realms of wellness in order to be achieve a more balanced life.
Emotional wellness inspires care of the self, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner strength. It encourages us to be attentive to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour and promotes acceptance rather than denials of feelings. It also equips us to take an optimistic approach to life despite its upheavals, disappointments and frustrations.
It is powerful to recognize that stress, anxiety and depression exists among employees caused by many factors such as financial worries, work places stress, personal and interpersonal relationship problems and change. Financial concerns often lead to increased mental and physical distress. Therefore, helping employees become better educated about their emotional wellbeing including finances reduces a lot of the stress and increases employee engagement and appreciation.
Social wellness refers to our ability to interact and create healthy and nurturing relationships built on respect, understanding and effective communication with those around us that can offer support during difficult times.
Social wellness is commonly an overlooked aspect of corporate wellness. Strong work relationships with managers and peers plus opportunities for social connection in the workplace are essential for employee job satisfaction, happiness and overall well-being. In fact, lonely employees who feel disconnected from their jobs, show a lower work performance.
Occupational Wellness refers to the ability to get personal fulfilment from our chosen career fields while maintaining work and leisure time balance in our lives. Because our work encompasses so much of our time, it’s important for our overall well-being to do what we love and love what we do.
This dimension of corporate wellness recognises our desire to contribute in our jobs to make a positive impact by dispensing our unique gifts, skills and talents to work that are meaningful and rewarding on not only the organization we work in but to our society as a whole.
As we spend most of our times at workplace it is important to invest in corporate wellness programs that rewards the employer with increases in team’s engagement, decreased healthcare costs, cohesiveness and overall productivity.