Well-being in the Workplace

Well-being in the Workplace

Supporting and promoting health and well-being in the workplace is essential for staff and business owners alike. Providing a physically and mentally healthy workplace is beneficial for all who work there, as it reduces staff absenteeism, increases productivity, and makes the workplace more enjoyable.

If you are an employer, workplace health and safety laws require you to look after your workers’ mental health just as you would physical health.

Addressing workplace health includes; minimising risks to workers’ mental health, preventing discrimination based on mental health, protecting privacy, and not taking unfair action against workers because of a mental health condition.

Workplace Mental Health and Well-being Resources

There are many excellent apps available, both free and paid. Apps can assist with all aspects of physical and mental well-being in the workplace that you can offer to staff – or use yourself as a business owner.

Creating a Healthy Workplace

Creating well-being in the workplace doesn’t have to take a lot of time and resources. Small activities carried out regularly adds up over time into good habits and everyday practice.

Encourage conversations about health and well-being, check in with staff about stress they may be experiencing, offer team activities that promote well-being and provide access to tools like the apps listed above to assist employees in managing their mental health and well-being.

Many other apps provide education about mental health and practical tools to change mental and emotional states. Consider offering your employees paid subscriptions to an app of their choice to foster well-being. Check out Unwinding AnxietyHeadspaceWaking UpCalmTen Percent Happier, and Productive for starters.

HeadsUp has a great guide to promoting health and well-being in your business. Find out more about workplace stress, rights and responsibilities, risk factors, and how to develop an action plan.