Employee Wellness

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.

Company morale can be a rollercoaster ride. What goes up usually comes down. The trick is to soften the blow and to get back to a “high morale” as quickly as possible. 

South Africa’s working fathers are entitled to paternity leave for the first time from earlier this year, and companies that offer family-friendly workplaces and employee benefits are more likely than ever to be employers of choice and ensure employee loyalty, performance and talent retention.

The use of anti-depressants in South Africa has increased by more than 50% over the last five years. 

The publication of the National Health Insurance Bill has resulted in much public comment as to the future of healthcare in South Africa.

For many, wellbeing in the workplace means physical health: ergonomic furniture, a fitness centre and healthy choices in the cafeteria. 

As South African Women’s Day rolls round again, we can draw satisfaction from the small victories achieved along the way.

Burnout is now officially recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a clinical syndrome, legitimising the physical and mental impact that overwork can have on employees. 

<p>Australia is in the <a href="https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/australias-welfare/australias-welfare-20...">bottom third</a> of OECD countries when it comes to working long hours, with <a href="https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/ac1e8df0-4f19-4c59-9df8-3211c395bd3f/ai...">13% of us</a> clocking up 50 hours or more a week in paid work. </p>

Psychopaths are not just found in serial killer movies and crime novels – they stalk corporate corridors too, where their trail of destruction might not include murder but can mean the death of productivity, motivation and profits.

It’s no wonder that most medium-size companies are losing up to 105 days a year due to staff calling in sick because of the common cold or flu, since the majority of South Africans seem to be ill-prepared for the health challenges that the winter typically brings.

It is universally acknowledged that a strong employee base is the foundation of any good business. For this reason, when introducing new hires into a company, the safety and productivity of existing staff should be top-of-mind.

The other day we had a discussion in the office about ‘me-time’ and staff wellness in terms of the workplace. We talked about how rushed, stressed and demanding life is in general, and especially in the work environment. Another issue that came up was the high staff turn-over some companies have because of this. 

Making a living has its upside. It can be rewarding in that it builds assertiveness and confidence and helps employees build new skills.

Many people think that if only they worked for a cooler company, had a different job or made more money they would then be happy at work. 

Given the amount of time employees spend at the office, the work environment needs to offer more personal health, wellness, and lifestyle support than ever.

There is truth in the saying “you can bring the donkey to the river, but you cannot force the donkey to drink”. 

Valentine’s Day is not just about flowers and candle-lit dinners. It’s an annual opportunity to contemplate the power of love and the promise of happiness when you find the only one for you.

 

 

Brain health is set to take centre stage in 2019 with research showing that nutrition, sleep and stress management are among the most important factors influencing mental 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.

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