Employee Wellness

“Everything you want is because you think you will feel happier if you had it. So why don’t you go straight to feeling happy by just laughing more because laughter instantly makes you happy.” ~ Bronwyn Kilroe

It’s been called the new cancer and it’s killing us. Sitting all day hunched forward looking at a screen causes a laundry list of horrific health problems from heart and brain damage to back, hip and neck problems - so what can be done? 

Every company has a personality – what they like to call their “company culture”. This culture consists of their company mission, values, office environment, expectations and, of course, its people. It’s a set of shared ideas of every member of the company in which new employees are adopted and considered a “great fit” for the company beyond their qualifications and skills. 

Roughly, people who work an average of 40-45 hours per week, spend about 30% of their lifetime working. Did you know that a typical employee will spend an average of 2 years of their life in work meetings?

One in four employees has been diagnosed with depression, and the country’s economic contributors aged 25 to 44 are most affected, taking more than 18 days off work due to the condition.

Expressing and receiving gratitude in the workplace makes people feel happier, fulfilled, cooperative and motivated, and ManpowerGroup South Africa’s managing director, Lyndy van den Barselaar, believes that it goes as far as to impact the bottom line.

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.

Offices don’t just have an aesthetic impact on us: we are also influenced by how we sense sound, touch and smell at work.

Monday has a reputation problem. Even if you absolutely love your career, making the transition from your own weekend schedule to getting up early and commuting back to the office can sometimes feel like a chore.

As the end of the year is fast approaching, many employees will find themselves feeling fatigued. 

Depression costs South Africa more than R232 Billion or 5.7% of the country’s GDP due to lost productivity either due to absence from work or attending work whilst unwell, the IDEA study of the London School of Economics and Political Science 2016 found.

Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity, metabolic syndrome, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.

Issues related to mental health, including depression, in the workplace have not always garnered the necessary sympathy or response from employers compared to physical issues, but this is changing say HR and HCM experts at CRS Technologies.

It seems as though work is what our lives centre on during these modern times. We spend so much time working, and the fact of the matter is, many of us hate our jobs.

The 2017 Employee Health and Wellness Conference was held in Sunninghill end February, and a common thread resonated through the proceedings. The need to approach health and wellness in a new way.

When you run a business, especially an SME, there are many things you have to worry about. For starters, you have to make sure the company is running smoothly at all times.

The new working year is now in full swing and some people will be back at work in less than ideal offices. But help is at hand.

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.

The stress ball apparatus is no longer working for you this time of year. You see everyone getting into the season’s mood and you are thinking “how am I going to wrap up everything so that I don’t have to stress over the holidays?”.

Despite significant progress being made over the past 15 years, the HIV/Aids epidemic and the associated tuberculosis epidemic continue to have a profound impact on workers.

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

More than 40% of all work-related illness is due to work-related stress and major depression, burnout and anxiety disorders result in a loss of earnings estimated at R40.6 billion, 2.2%

While mental health problems affect many employees both in and outside the workplace, the unfortunate reality is that due to various stigmas associated with mental health issues, they are not acknowledged and dealt with in the workplace.

In the workplace there are two environments to consider - the physical environment and the emotional environment.

According to top “happiness at work” researchers, Deci and Ryan, fascinating data exists about the value of a company’s culture, and the role that culture plays in employee satisfaction.

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