WELLNESS AND WELLBEING 7
Wellness and wellbeing are two terms that areusually used interchangeably by many people. However, it is essentialto note that the two terms do not mean the same, but they complementeach other. Wellbeing is said to cover the general and holisticsatisfaction of life experiences. It deals with aspects such aspositivity in life, satisfaction with one’s life choices, job, andthe balancing of one’s life. On the other hand, term wellness leanstowards the holistic health of a person. The focus of wellnessactivities is the body, and they seek to promote the physical, socialand mental health. In an organizational setting, employees’wellness and wellbeing are essential to the determination of theorganization’s success (Meyer & Parton, 2013). The organizationhas the responsibility of promoting the health of employees to ensurethat they perform optimally. The success of an organization can havepositive impacts on the economy and the broad society. There arevarious issues, costs, and opportunities that organizations need toconsider with regards to employees’ mental health and wellbeing.The wellness and wellbeing of employees have significant effects onthe success of an organization, the economy, and the society.
The performance of employees at the workplacedepends on their wellbeing and wellness. One major aspect to considerin this regard is the mental health of employees. Research hasindicated that mental illnesses account for over 50% of employeeturnover in the American workplaces. Mental illnesses such as stress,depression, anxiety, grief, shame, and frustration are the majormental health issues that employees face (Pelletier & Lynch,2014). Psychologists have opined that if these conditions are notchecked, there is the likelihood that the suffering employees willleave employment. Such employees tend to record frequent absenteeismand lack of optimal performance. It is essential to note that mentalillnesses might emanate from work related issues. Some organizationsset expectations for employees that cannot be met with existingresources. This is one of the major issues that can lead towork-related mental illness. This can significantly affect theperformance of employees. Furthermore, it is essential to note thatthere are instances where the employee can have severe mental healthissues such as depression to the extent of leaving his or her work.In this regard, it is evident that the organization will incur hugecosts in the recruitment of new employees.
The wellness of employees at the workplace haseffects not only in the organization but also on the economy and thesociety. It is important to remember that employees work and receivesalaries. The salaries are taxed, and this goes towards improving theeconomy. Additionally, employees provide the biggest market for goodsand services from the industries. Therefore, any layoffs willseverely affect the amount of tax collected and the purchasing powerof the people. Essentially, employees contribute immensely to thesociety through charitable organizations and through employing otherpeople to take care of their homes and children. Employees whosewellbeing and wellness are affected will incur huge costs seekingtreatments, and this will severely affect the society (Putnam,2015). Monies which would have been channeled to other essentialneeds such as education will be directed to medical needs. When thewellbeing and wellness of employees affect an organizationnegatively, it is important to note that the profitability and thereputation of the organization are negatively affected. Therefore,such an organization will find it extremely hard to meet its taxobligations and even give back to the society. As such, theorganization will be affected, as well as the economy and thesociety. These are some of the issues that underpin the importance ofwellness and wellbeing of employees at the workplace.
The wellbeing of people constitutes the levelof satisfaction, positivity, and balance that enables people to leadcomfortable and happy lives. Notably, wellbeing will depend on manyfactors. The wellness or the holistic health status of an individualwill determine his or her wellbeing. Furthermore, job satisfactionwill also affect the welfare of an individual. It is theresponsibility of the organization to provide a work environment thatis aligned with the needs of the employees. The social, physical,psychological needs of the employees must be met. This will go a longway in ensuring that the employees’ wellbeing is catered for.Employees whose holistic life experiences are positive and rewardingwill demonstrate high levels of performance (Burke&Richardsen,2014). Some of the major aspects that the employers must considerinclude the impactful perks such as maternity leave, paid sick leave,emergency leave, and fair pay or salary for work done. This willensure that the employees are satisfied at the workplace henceperforming well and optimally. This will enhance the profitability ofthe organization, improve taxes to the economy and make sure thesociety receives essential services from the government.
The general wellness and wellbeing of thepeople have tremendous effects on organizations, the economy, andsociety. It is evident that when individuals in society are happyabout their lives, and they are healthy, they will have fruitfulrelationships and will live in harmony (Stringer,2016). Further, individuals who are healthy and satisfied with theirlife experiences will be available for employment and will ensurethat organizations perform well. In addition, people will offer theimportant market for goods and services and this significantlyimprove the economy. It is important not to forget that when thepeople are satisfied with their life experiences and are have fewhealth issues, the country will spend a little money in providingessential services.
There are several costs, issues, andopportunities that business enterprises must consider whileaddressing mental wellbeing and health. Firstly, it is important toconsider the costs associated with working with employees who havemental problems. Employees suffering from stress, depression, andother mental ailments will perform poorly, and this costs theprofitability of the business. Furthermore, employees who suffer frommental health related illnesses and end up leaving employment, leadto unexpected expenses. It is important for businesses to considerthe costs of recruiting new employees such as training and conductinginterviews. When employees fall ill at the workplace, the businessmight incur the cost of medication for the employee (Gantner,2012). Businesses that fail to offer necessary mental wellness andhealth to its employees might have a bad reputation. This mightseverely cost the businesses in terms of losing potential clients.There is no doubt that the costs incurred while addressing mentalillnesses and wellness are less than the costs involved while workingwith employees suffering from mental illnesses.
Addressing mental issues for the employeeswill present various opportunities for business. There will be theopportunity to high productivity from the employees, and this willtranslate to profits. In addition, employees will be highlymotivated, and this will create an opportunity for efficientrelationships at the workplace. Some of the issues to be consideredinclude health insurance for the employees (Putnam,2015). The business must also consider the impacts that otherbusinesses have had in instances where they failed to cater for theheath needs of its employees. Lastly, some of the mental healthissues that employees experience are related to their personal lives.Businesses must be able to differentiate between issues that are workrelated and those that emanate from personal issues.
While concluding, it is evident that wellness and wellbeing ofemployees in an organization have significant effects on theorganization, the economy, and the society. Notably, the societydepends on the government for essential services such as health,education, and security. The government, on the other hand, acquiresits resources from the taxes levied on organizations, employees’salaries, and other sources. Therefore, an optimal performance byemployees will lead to increased taxation for the government. Manyorganizations and businesses have been taking the mental health ofemployees seriously. Evidently, mental health appears to be one ofthe most vital in enhancing the employee performance. This is becausethe mental wellness of employees can be affected by work-relatedissues such long working hours, very high expectations, and poorrelationships among employees. Organizations must ensure that theiremployees’ wellbeing and wellness are catered for. Employees mustbe offered leave allowances, emergency leaves, and paid maternityleaves. This will not only motivate the employees, but it will alsolead to pleasant working conditions.
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