Employee Wellness

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.

Progression was proud to take part in the “Walk for Epilepsy Awareness” on the 26th of March held in Sandton.

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.

It is normal for people to experience the blues during long winter months. Overcast skies and staying in to avoid the cold may make a person feel a little miserable – even at work.

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has urged businesses across the country to look after their employees and to promote healthy living among their workforce.

Good Housekeeping recently reported the launch of The Heads Together Campaign.

In today’s working world, employee benefits are a myth. Whereas just about all employment opportunities of yesteryear abounded with employee packages that offered numerous benefits.

Richard Branson once said; “There is no magic formula for a great company culture. The key is just to treat your staff how you would like to be treated”.

If you’re a business owner or at least sit in an executive chair within your company, then you will have a good idea about how important employee wellness initiatives are.

We live in a world that can cause stress – such as overwork, job security and money woes. It’s therefore not a surprise that many people are feeling the effects of stress.

Employee wellness has become synonymous with medical aid health drives and a few annual engagement opportunities.

In the ever evolving and fast paced modern business environment, stress has come to be seen as somewhat of a ‘norm’.

According to Mike Abrashoff, Commander USS Benfold (retired); “It all came down to employee engagement. It all came down to recognition.

If there ever was a year in which businesses have to truly take stock of themselves, look after employees and renew focus to withstand mounting challenges, it is 2016.

Going back to work after the lazy summer holidays might feel like a harrowing re-entry into reality when having to face the gruelling daily commute again, along with an email inbox stretching out like the Dead Sea Scrolls.


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