Wellbeing across Five domains of Life

Workplaces and the employees’ health came under the spotlight. COVID-19 drew attention to the connection between the wellbeing of people and business success. We have dived deeper into this increasingly important domain for every responsible employer.

The pandemic we overnight found ourselves in emphasized the importance of topics that, usually, were not finding their way to decision-makers in organizations. Working while complying with epidemiological measures carries risks to employees’ health and generates additional stress around the organization of work. Coming to work involves a significant amount of pressure, wearing masks, fear of closeness and social contact, which in normal conditions are a guarantee of good mental health. This “new normal” drew attention to the engine of every organization – people, and their health, not only physical but also mental, in other words, their wellbeing.

 

Most employers have immersed themselves in a large and significant area of wellbeing and employee satisfaction, also trying, in various ways, to support their employees to keep business processes going smoothly. The most progressive organizations have developed their wellbeing programs to support a healthy lifestyle. Such, usually more prominent companies are aware that they thereby stimulate productivity, engagement and presence. Later on, we will see the additional reasons why employee wellbeing should be high on the list of intangible priorities for every employer.

But what exactly is wellbeing, and why is it so important? To answer this question and support employers, employees and the community, we are launching a series of wellbeing in various forms – articles, videos, conferences, and interviews. We will give a brief introductory overview of what wellbeing is from different perspectives.

 

My interest in this vital area dates back to my college days when we researched the quality of life of refugees at psychology summer schools, resulting in publications that mean a lot to me to this day. Later, life took me towards other interests. Still, ten years ago, it brought me back to the quality of life through Gallup’s then-current research, which resulted in a book that categorizes wellbeing through five main elements – career, relationships, finances, community and physical health. Interestingly, 66% of people are satisfied with at least one of these areas, but only 7% are pleased in all five.

 

Our work is a significant portion of life because it occupies a substantial time of the day, even more than with the family. Therefore, it is vital to do what we love for a sense of happiness and satisfaction. The supportive work environment plays a significant role in allowing. employees to fulfil their potential.

 

This is an additional reason for employers to create such a work environment for mutual benefit. Relationships at work are also essential for a sense of belonging and happiness. If we have friends at work, it positively contributes to business, and according to Gallup, 30% of people have a best friend at work, which leads to a 50% greater connection with the company. Based on my personal experience, I can confirm how social network within the corporation was an essential factor in my commitment and staying in the company, even when I would instead leave.

 

Good relationships mean that we have good friends with whom we spend time in a mutually fulfilling way, respect each other and respect our differences. The same goes for family members, neighbours, and those who make up our community at a particular stage of life. At work, relationships with colleagues, bosses, customers, suppliers, and all the people we meet through daily interaction, whether live or online, are also vital. It may sound a bit romantic, but all research shows that relationships are an essential backbone of happiness and healthy longevity.

 

Finances are a significant part of every individual’s life because, within our culture, they often mean to be or not to be. To most people, jobs provide basic financial security. With our daily work, we earn a salary that enables our existence, while those who are more responsible save and invest for the future. Still, this relationship of responsibility that contributes to employees’ health can go significantly further with education and guidance towards a responsible attitude towards money, with savings to solve housing, children’s education, retirement preparation or money management to avoid unnecessary debt. Many employers have embraced existing educational programs to support employees in this critical area.

 

A community is a place where we live, spend time, and meet people, an environment in which we feel safe, “as if we were at home.” It is a place where our people recognize and appreciate us for our achievements and, at the same time, accept our failures. Therefore, the workplace is also a community and significant for overall wellbeing. When I think about the importance of the community, I usually think of Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind, who used money and good manners to “buy” the community’s affection to repair his damaged reputation for the future of his daughter.

 

A community is a place where we live, spend time, and meet people, an environment in which we feel safe, “as if we were at home.” It is a place where our people recognize and appreciate us for our achievements and, at the same time, accept our failures. Therefore, the workplace is also a community and significant for overall wellbeing. When I think about the importance of the community, I usually think of Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind, who used money and good manners to “buy” the community’s affection to repair his damaged reputation for the future of his daughter.

 

 

As far as health is concerned, most illnesses are caused by feelings of dissatisfaction generated by relationships, perhaps even more business than private. As we can see, all areas are intertwined, and it is impossible to separate work from our relationships and status in the community. The same goes for finances that give us security and, whatever we think about the existing social order, it ensures our position in society

Therefore, the work environment imposes itself as an important centre for nurturing the wellbeing of employees.

 

We will continue later in this series more about how to create a positive and stimulating work environment.

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