Where does Employee Health and Well-being Fit in the Employee Experience?
The employee brings their whole self to work and to have a positive employee experience one must consider the whole employee. A key factor in this consideration is the health and well-being of the employee.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes Wellbeing and Health as follows: – ‘Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to her or his community. The positive dimension of mental health is stressed in WHO’s definition of health as contained in its constitution: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’
It is important to consider not only the physical health, but also the mental health of the employee. Having programs in place or running talks that deal with mental health awareness is crucial for employees. They need to know that the work environment is a safe, friendly, supportive place to be, physically and mentally, and if they are suffering they need to know there is someone they can talk to about their problems. Having a mental health program in a company, or providing a confidential helpline is a great benefit to offer employees so that they know there is someone there to listen to them if needed. Psychologically this gives employees peace of mind in the knowledge they are not alone.
If an employer considers the whole employee and how their health, both physical and mental, can be affected, this can have a vast improvement on the whole employee experience. I would love to hear what part you think health and well-being play in the employee experience, so do please feel free to leave a comment. Follow me on Twitter @elainebeare.