The first thing to understand is that wellbeing is very different to health, but the two terms are often confused. Thankfully, people’s understanding of ‘wellbeing’ and the importance of getting it right in the workplace is becoming increasingly understood.
The World Health Organisation says: “Mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
Wellbeing considers a range of different factors including physical, psychological, environmental, economic and social.
There is currently a plethora of services all aimed at improving the well-being of employees.
It is important to understand what will ensure a good level of return on investment and to make full use of external services available either via the NHS, Charities, the Public Sector and other voluntary services.
One of the most effective services to offer is a heath check and triage service for staff.
This enables employers to regularly contribute to the welfare and education of their staff covering a wide range of health-related topics.
The results from such an approach ensures that employees can then be shown a range of pathways to access any health information or treatment they may require.