Wellbeing is a rather topical concept and one we’re all well familiar with. However, there’s often a gap between what we know and what we do. Let’s face it, we know what we should be doing to ensure wellbeing and balance in work and in life yet implementing these key actions on a consistent basis proves to be rather tricky.
Truthfully, we all know all too well that having that third glass of wine on a Friday night is most likely going to leave us with a cracking headache the next morning, however I am sure that we can’t all say that we always abide by the ‘no more than two drinks’ rule. This is because, as humans, we struggle with bridging the gap between what we know and what we do. And it’s not surprising that this also holds true for organisations, as is clearly represented by the World Health Organisation statistic which estimates the global cost of lost productivity due to depression and anxiety disorders is valued at $1 trillion.
Over and above this, we know that it’s estimated that 1 in 5 Australians experience mental health conditions every year. And mental disorders account for 13.3% of Australia’s total burden of disease and injury, at a cost of $20 billion annually in lost productivity to the Australian economy.
So, it’s pretty clear from these statistics that wellbeing should be a pivotal priority not just for individuals, but for organisations alike.
According to a report by Willis Towers Watson, companies with highly effective wellbeing programs are twice as likely to significantly outperform peer companies. This may be due to the fact that organisational health equates to stronger financial performance and better service delivery performance too. But it could also have something to do with the fact that having fitter, healthier and happier employees also means:
And while this is all great for improving the bottom line, what’s equally awesome is the positive impact it has on your employee’s quality of life:
And these are to name but a few!
It’s evident that there’s a very strong business case for wellbeing. In order to bridge the gap between what we know and what we do, as leaders of organisations, we have a responsibility to:
Besides berating ourselves if we do have that third glass of wine, there are many simple wellbeing strategies, tactics and actions we can employ personally to improve our overall wellbeing. In our Wellbeing program, we cover a range of these practical actions from both an emotional and physical perspective. We explore how the brain works, the brain gut connection, stress responses, both physiologically and emotionally, and stress and anxiety reduction techniques that can be utilised very easily and effectively on a day-to-day basis. We have a very honest conversation asking ourselves some critical questions about energy, balance, thoughts, fears, nutrition, sleep, tolerance, patience, lethargy and so the list continues. We start showing up to ALL of these feelings, embracing them and then deciding how best to handle them. We also help you set the wheels in motion using Martin Seligman’s proven PERMA model. This positive psychology model is hugely valuable as a foundation for improving wellbeing.
Here are 10 practical actions to tackle consistently for improved wellbeing:
If you’d like to explore our approach to wellbeing, start a discussion with us now.
Let’s build that bridge – applied knowledge is power!