Employee Wellness

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It’s not uncommon for individuals to feel stuck in a rut in their professional lives. Despite putting in the work and the hours, they may still not see the progress or growth they desire.


As a leader in your organization, it is crucial to embrace the task of continuously fostering growth and development within your teams. This approach holds the key to not only enhancing existing leadership skills but also identifying untapped potential among individuals. 


In today’s fast-paced and often disrupted work environment, mental health and overall wellness can’t be avoided. It demands attention from employers and employees alike. Essentially, taking care of your own and your team members’ well-being means trying to help them stay in a toward state and switched on where they can function at their best (i.e., avoiding triggering the fight/flight/freeze response that put people in an away state and switch them off). 


Multitasking involves working on two or more tasks simultaneously, switching back and forth from one thing to another, believing we are achieving greater efficiency. 

 


Every company wants a healthy and productive workforce, and there’s growing awareness of the benefits of including nutrition in employee wellness programmes.  Without this focus, the workplace can inadvertently foster unhealthy eating habits. 


Health economists estimate that unaddressed mental health conditions cost the South African economy R161 billion per year due to lost days of work, presenteeism (being at work but unwell), and premature mortality.

 


Creating a harmonious work-life balance or work-life integration is critical to improve not only our physical, emotional and mental well-being, but it’s also important for your career.


Over the past three years, the world has seen the biggest workplace shift since the industrial revolution, with the introduction of hybrid and remote work options as a result of pandemic lockdowns.


In recent years, the term gaslighting has entered the public lexicon after this toxic behaviour became better identified and understood in personal and romantic relationships.


Contrary to popular opinion, the law firm of the future will not be populated by highly intelligent, unemotional, artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots who make cold and calculating legal decisions based on massive databases of legal knowledge. Rather, law firms will be home to a new breed of lawyers that have adapted to operate in a connected world. 


On 18 March 2022, the Minister of Employment and Labour Minister published the ‘Code of Good Practice on the Prevention of Elimination of Harassment in the Workplace’ (Harassment Code).  

 


While mental health problems affect many employees both at home and at work, the unfortunate reality is that due to various stigmas associated with mental health issues, they are not acknowledged and dealt with appropriately in the working environment.


Businesses have incredible power to influence the communities in which they operate as well as society as a whole. They should use this power to help create awareness around important social and socio-economic issues, such as the ongoing fight against breast cancer.


Corporate healthcare benefits are always a hot topic of debate around the water cooler. If companies don’t offer healthcare they’re severely criticised and if they do it’s often considered not comprehensive enough.


If you're running a business, especially a smaller business, there are many thing you need to worry about. For starters, you need to ensure that the company is running smoothly at all times, your employees are satisfied and that you're making a good profit. However, these things cannot be achieved if your employees have poor health. Here are 6 reasons why you should be concerned about your employees' mental and physical well-being.


South Africans are largely considered to be resilient – we’ve weathered a pandemic, political instability, rampant unemployment, water issues and load shedding.


Mentors can be found in many places, such as the workplace and within organizations. They are also available through programs that connect mentors with mentees looking for advice on career decisions or personal development issues.


Managers and team leaders can play a crucial role in helping employees manage workplace stress, which will lead to stronger teams and greater productivity, an expert says.


Workplaces don’t look the way they used to. But even as businesses have mostly adopted a hybrid approach where people juggle working remotely, many employers are eager to bring their staff back to the office on a permanent basis.


Employee engagement has been a source of discussion in the business world for many years. However, it is only recently that organisations have begun to take it more seriously and try to figure out how to improve employee engagement.


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