As we continue to plough through the dark cold days, staff wellbeing is at the forefront of our minds to ensure we keep staff engaged and motivated. If staff wellbeing is a priority, it is important to understand what this really means for your team.
According to the English Oxford dictionary wellbeing is defined as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy”. The charity Mind explains that mental wellbeing describes an individual’s mental state, how they are feeling, how well they can cope with day to day life.
Mind explains that to ensure good mental wellbeing, an individual should be able to:
- feel relatively confident in themselves and have positive self-esteem
- feel and express a range of emotions
- build and maintain good relationships with others
- feel engaged with the world
- live and work productively
- cope with the stresses of daily life
- adapt and manage in times of change and uncertainty
So, how do you achieve positive staff wellbeing. The starting point has to be understanding what wellbeing means for your staff. We asked the FusionHR team what wellbeing means for them. Here’s what they said:
Kathy: Wellbeing is about managers and employees taking the time to consider how their work/life impacts on their mental and physical health and what
they ‘can do’ to proactively look after themselves and others.
Siobhan: Working with a team that gets me, knows me and understands my needs, gives me wellbeing.
Lucy: For me wellbeing is about our manageable health (the aspects of health we can control) and what we can do to help ourselves physically and
Kirsty: Being comfortable and content in every aspect of life is what I consider to be good wellbeing for me.
Katie: Wellbeing is feeling positively both mentally and physically and having a good balance in everything you do. I find a good spreadsheet helpful.
Jo: At FusionHR I’m known for being bouncy and often quoting “it’s all do-able”. When I have good wellbeing, I genuinely feel that everything in life is
do-able and I focus on the positive aspects of life. I thrive from positivity.
It is essential that you take the time to understand what wellbeing means for your staff on an individual basis, otherwise what you put in place may not necessarily meet their needs. If you need help implementing a wellbeing strategy please speak to your HR Consultant or call one of our friendly team on 01924 827869.