Productivity, mobility, and flexibility: These conditions, under which people of today do their work, require a high degree of adaptability. New technologies are employed in less time, with new challenges and the requirement for employees to be always available and accessible. For fear of not being able to keep up, a lot of employees put their work without restriction right into the centre of their lives. Experts call this “delimitation” – An increased ownership and the increasing complexity of the job requirements mean, that the boundaries between job and private life are blurred. The pressure increases, the self-determination over the employee’s own lives decreases.
Mental disorders cause high costs
The workloads many people feel every leads to a strong psychological stress. It is estimated that about 50 million people are affected by depression, fatigue and addiction in the European Union. Social, emotional and spiritual needs are often a taboo and employers interpret them as weaknesses. Taking those needs of the workforce not into account, misunderstanding and/or marginalizing them have a negative effect on prevention and measures to cure their negative effects. It also burdens the health system with enormous challenges; and not only the costs of treating these diseases are high – In particular social and economic losses, for example through reduced productivity at work, lead to business and economical damages.
Prevention in the company pays off
Mental illness is more often the reason for absenteeism and early entry into retirement. About ten percent of all sick days are due to diseases of the psyche. Here, all age groups of the working population are affected; that includes a high percentage of mental disorders among young workers. Prevention and Mental Health Promotion as part of a sustainable employee management is becoming increasingly important, because the health of employees significantly contributes to the economic success of companies. But not every company has the financial and human capacity for health promotion. Small and medium-sized companies rely on networking with inter-company health consultants and specialists who support them. Ergonomically designed workplaces for example are just more than a prevention measure to avoid headache or back pain, eye disorders, and lack of concentration or mental problems.
Increased ability to concentrate by a variation of tasks
Different tasks or a variation of the work of an employee offers certain benefits. Instead of working on the PC all day long, an employee can be assigned to some other duties, e.g. filing documents, running errands with in the company in order not to sit all day long on the computer and glare at the screen. Different activities achieve in a long term that employees work more efficient in their original task and enjoy it. Work wellbeing can be implemented and achieved with a more diverse working environment and variation of tasks.
Wellbeing at work increases efficiency & motivation
Work motivation and satisfaction are influenced by the work content and the multitude of tasks. It is important that the requirements and activities are varied, utilising the skills of the employee. Regular staff meetings provide executives and their employees with important information. They form the framework for detailed feedback to the employee and result in a better working environment and goals of the company. Work wellbeing directly affects motivation and commitment of the employees. The planning and implementation of occupational health management and
workplace assessment are crucial for the workplace design. The focus there, among other things, is ergonomics and lighting. It might take some efforts to achieve the desired results and it might not be considered an investment worthwhile. In the long run it always pays off; less sick days, efficient employees and a balances working environment.