Employee Wellness

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.

"There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full." Henry Kissinger

Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person - not just an employee - are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.

As South African workers, students and learners start feeling the happy vibes of holidays that are just around the corner, many will try to just muddle through the next few days or weeks, forgetting that holidays can actually be a very stressful time.

Stay focused, maintain your professionalism and retain business this festive season.

Employee engagement is fast rising as the key to corporate productivity and success.

Hurtling towards any given December is stressful, but doing so in the South African socio-economic climate of 2015 is arguably more so.

As we approach the end of the year, businesses look to reach year-end targets and employee stress levels are on the rise.

Why massage therapy means everything for call centre managers.

Some of the most accomplished and successful people suffer from Imposter Syndrome, a way of thinking that can seriously undermine work performance.

While global human resources campaigns have been targeting employee engagement from a happiness perspective for quite some time, South Africa has lagged behind in this approach.

Work induced stress is not a new concept, but in today’s society, excessive stress has become the new normal, and dealing with stress-related challenges requires a new strategy, an expert says.

To inspire a physically and mentally healthy workforce, a proactive approach must be utilised. Gone are the days where a depression hotline is good enough; we live in a highly stressful, complicated society.

Call centres have been described as one of the world’s most stressful workplaces and for good reason.

In an age where employee engagement encompasses physical health check-ups and performance bonuses, corporates are beginning to realise that a BMI test and a 13th cheque are not necessarily improving employee performance.

Alternative work environments, ground breaking workplace perks and innovative employee wellness strategies are on the increase globally, but locally companies are still in two minds on how to best implement measures that will attract and retain top talent.

To foster a positive corporate culture we must change the Monday blues outlook of the majority of South African employees.

A lack of teamwork, lack of acknowledgement by superiors, high pressure environments and cultural, religious and racial issues lead to a demotivated workforce, even when employees are being remunerated well.

Alcohol and substance abuse is a major challenge for South African businesses.


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