Get Your Workplace Onboard, It's ‘Wellbeing Year’

Did you know that 2019 is the Year of Wellbeing?

It’s the year people recognise that their communities and their health matter. This is a significant goal. In fact, 58 percent of Australians wish they could spend more time on improving their health and wellbeing.

When improving your wellbeing, it’s good to start in the workplace. We spend most of our weekdays at work. Work can influence physical and mental health. From long commutes or managing processes – if left unmanaged, the workplace can negatively impact your physical and mental health.

But the workplace can also instil a sense of purpose, provide social networks and help achieve areas of strength. It's important that we feel mentally healthy and valued at work, so we can perform at our best and flourish in other aspects of life.

Wellbeing plays a vital role in productivity and success. Many workplaces are implementing programs for mental health, exercise and stress management. According to research, a healthy and happy workforce can reduce costs by more than $1,600 per employee, with reduced leave days.

In fact, wellbeing is seen as a key indicator of national health by governments and organisations across the globe. In Australia, a recent survey by the federal government found that workplace health and wellbeing programs have the potential to significantly improve the health of employees.

This year, you can start new steps to create a thriving workplace culture. Be part of the Year of Wellbeing with these four simple tips:

Limit stress. Safe Work Australia reports that stress costs Australian businesses more than $10 billion per year. Everyone feels stressed from time to time. But learning how to limit stress is very important. Make time to practise relaxation. Consider techniques like yoga or meditation. You can also practice helpful self-talk. Try saying calming things to yourself to reduce your levels of stress.

Care for mental health. Engaging in clear mental health designs and tips can make a real difference. It’s important to be able to talk to people about mental health at work. This encourages open communication and honesty, which will help your staff or colleagues feel more safe and secure in the workplace.

Develop supportive relationships. Having caring and supportive relationships is a vital component of wellbeing. This extends to partners, family, friends or colleagues. Find time to spend with people who are supportive and make you feel happy.

Find hobbies or fun activities. Being involved in things that increase one’s sense of purpose is related to higher life satisfaction. It might be taking care of a family member, playing on a local sports team, or even starting your own veggie garden. It’s important you’re making time for activities that spark joy.

WorkScore’s wellbeing experts overhaul your workplace and teach you the importance of workplace wellbeing. If you’d like to boost business performance by improving employee wellbeing, contact us on 1300 972 673 or email [email protected].