Employee Well-being – Just another term for Employee Engagement?
What do you believe? Are they just different phrases for the same concept?
I don’t believe so.
Employee engagement works around the premise that if you invest in developing your employees on a professional level, they will be happier, more engaged and output will be maximised.
Taking the idea a little further, employee well-being means that you are not just worried about the interests of the company, but, that you care about your employees on a personal level.
Your employees are your very own diamonds, extremely precious and every one individual. And so it seems that it would make sense for you to nurture their physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Let’s consider this…..absenteeism seriously hurts a business’ bottom line, with the CIPD reporting last year that the annual costs for UK organisations is now almost £29 billion.
The other side of the coin however, is that presenteeism (coming to work when not feeling well) actually costs companies more than absenteeism each year.
If you can improve your employees overall well-being, you will have a healthy and engaged workforce, who are more productive and profitable.
In fact it should be considered that employee well-being can help you achieve a higher level of employee engagement.
It is now more common in certain organisations, or certain job roles, that employees are strictly timed on their coffee breaks and internet access is completely prohibited.
I can’t imagine that within these circumstances, employee morale is very high!
Mental breaks are essential for a happy workforce, and the ripple effect of providing your employees with mental breaks can be reduced stress levels, sustained productivity and increased creativity.
The happiness of your staff has a direct impact on profits, so, shouldn’t employee wellness be an integral part of the way you do business?
I believe so.