The WHO (World Health Organisation) defines wellness as: “an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Research consistently shows that when employees feel their work is meaningful and they are valued and supported, they tend to have higher well-being levels, be more committed to an organisation’s goals and, crucially, they perform better also.
It is therefore imperative that employers implement pro-active measures to promote physical and psychological well-being amongst their employees.
The basic goal of a workplace wellness programme should always be to promote the lifelong benefits of long term thinking and investment in wellness by both employees AND employers.
Many well-being solutions are focused on behaviour change and behaviour change does not happen overnight. Employees should be supported through longer-term coaching programs that focus on small behavioural changes that lead to real habit change. With people already having multiple changes to contend with, they struggle to implement new healthy habits without support and guidance from experts.
Any well-being program should be flexible enough to take into account that employees’ needs change, be it in their personal life, at work, or during crises. At CWL, we aim to play our part part in acknowledging the importance of wellness by ensuring it is a core element in our courses.