Workplace wellbeing has truly become a turning point in the mental, emotional, and even physical health of employees worldwide. Once adopted in Australia, organisations began truly honing in on the wellbeing of their employees, creating healthier environments for productive work to take place.
The concept is simple: Wellness and wellbeing focus on the foundation of mindfulness, which centers around the concept of consciousness, awareness, and presence. Businesses are turning to mindfulness to improve the wellness of their employees by giving staff this mental tool in order to help calm their lives, reduce mental clutter, and organize their thoughts while staying ‘present in the moment’.
And it’s not all just talk; Recent studies have proven mindfulness can reduce stress, anxiety and conflict, and increase resilience and emotional intelligence, while improving communication in the workplace.
Recently, the business rewards being reaped by Australian companies have taken stage front-and-center, and the folks who are leading the wellness fight have become coveted within the realm of business management and human resources. My Holland is a HSG facilitator and workplace wellbeing expert, and she was featured in a recent local newspaper article.
In the article above, American tech companies like Google are referenced. There are some key differences to consider when designing a wellness program for an Aussie organisation. For instance, we’re finding higher efficacy of our programs because of their voluntary nature. You can’t force people to ‘be happy’, so to speak, so the ability to opt in to a program has pushed wellness success here in Australia.
Overall, showing care for your employees makes a difference, which is reflected in statistics. But the difference you make will also be felt on an individual level. Read one worker’s personal story in the article below:
At the end of the day, Aussie businesses need to take initiative to improving their employees’ wellbeing in order to harness the benefits that have been shown time and time again in studies and even personal stories. My Holland teaches proven strategies to boost happiness, focus, and team cohesion. Here are just a few of My Holland’s tips for employers to build a more positive and happy workplace:
- People matter
- Establishing trust and respect
- Building on employees’ strengths
- Rewarding more than blaming
- Emphasising growth of employees’ self-improvement
- Purpose, vision
- Showing appreciation
- Positive communication
- Employee feedback
- Showing you care – in action
Fortunately, My Holland is available through HSG! She is available to facilitate workshops on positive psychology, resiliency, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness for all of our clients in Sydney and the NSW Central Coast.
HSG offers a wide range of workplace wellness workshops and seminars and can combine them to create the best corporate wellness programs in Australia. Learn more about our wellness programs at our website.