The modern workplace has undergone a global transformation. As a result, employee wellbeing has become an increasingly important consideration for employers.
With that in mind, who bears the primary responsibility for employee wellbeing?
The reality is that each organization has to strike a balance with their team members, and it’s up to leaders like you to facilitate this discussion.
How Much of Employee Wellbeing Is Up to the Individual?
Employee wellbeing in the workplace requires people to first understand their own physical and mental health needs, so they can take steps to support themselves.
This can happen at work and at home and may include prioritizing good sleep habits, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet. They should also be aware of their own mental health and take steps to manage stress and anxiety.
Managing boundaries, taking breaks, and delegating tasks are also valuable actions individuals can take to protect their own wellbeing in the workplace.
It seems like these actions alone could be enough to support employee wellbeing. However, organizations that place the onus on the individual are falling for “individualism bias” and missing out on vital opportunities to elevate the impact of their work culture.
What is Organizational Responsibility to Employee Wellbeing?
Providing a safe and healthy work environment, promoting work-life balance, and offering support for mental health are all employee wellbeing pillars that can’t be overlooked by organizations.
It’s also vital to create a positive work culture that promotes a sense of community and prioritizes wellbeing.
Employers can also offer additional benefits to support employee wellbeing, such as wellness programs, counseling services, and flexible work arrangements.
These benefits not only promote employee wellbeing, but can also contribute to increased job satisfaction, improved morale, and higher productivity.
It’s Starting to Sound like Employee Wellbeing is Up to the Leaders
Striking the right balance between personal responsibility and organizational support is crucial for promoting a healthy and productive work environment.
This balance, achieved through clear communication and collaboration between individuals and their employers spreads the weight of responsibility to something more manageable.
Even so, the job of providing the necessary tools and resources to support employee wellbeing is a big job. If leaders want to keep up the juggling act of organizational needs and team support they need to put themselves first.
Leaders who prioritize their own wellbeing are able to lead by example while preserving precious energy and avoiding the dreaded burnout!
As the catalyst between employee commitment to wellbeing and organizational commitment to wellbeing, it’s important that leaders learn to prioritize their own wellbeing first.
How can you contribute to a future where it’s normal to prioritize a culture of wellbeing?
By participating in a 30-minute interview, you would be contributing to the development of a groundbreaking leadership development program that will empower leaders to prioritize self-care and foster a supportive workplace culture.
Basically, we want to pick your brain for about 30 minutes to get your take on how to create a workplace that supports everyone’s wellbeing!
Just click on the calendar link below and pick a time that works for you.
By Crystal M, Digital Marketing & Virtual Office Coordinator, Neolé