Mental health. Self-care. Wellness.
These words and phrases are the buzzwords du jour – but deserve so much more than to be relegated to a trendy lexicon.
Why is workplace wellness important?
Because all of these terms are inextricably linked; you can’t have one without the other. But health and wellness don’t start or stop at home, especially when you consider that the average U.S. employee spends nearly 47 hours per week at work – or 9.4 hours per day – with many saying they work 50 hours per week.
Workplace wellness is knowing your employer is keeping you safe. It’s providing employees resources for mental health, healthy living, and true work-life balance.
Wellness is what comes as a result of an employer focused on safety.
From promoting work-life balance, to providing mental health resources and support, to giving access to education and training, to encouraging and supporting employees to participate in health and wellness activities, such as step challenges, water challenges, and fitness activities, there is no shortage of opportunities for companies to foster and promote wellness in the workplace.
It’s a holistic, all-encompassing approach to safety and wellness; safety, health and wellness are not discrete, siloed concepts – which is why we’ve dedicated so many articles and resources to it.
So, in honor of National Wellness Month, we’ve rounded up some of our most comprehensive articles on mental health, safety and wellness in the workplace so both you and your employees can be of sound mind and body.
“More than ever, employees agree that mental health should be a priority to their employers, and therefore they seek out opportunities with organizations that support and encourage mental health wellness and a healthy work-life balance. In fact, according to a recent report, 85% of workers identified mental and emotional health benefits as a consideration when evaluating a new job opportunity.
“A positive work environment and healthy work-life balance can support employees’ mental health efforts and contribute overall to their lives. Here, we’ll dive deeper into mental health in the workplace, and how organizations can improve the mental health and lives of their employees through policies, education and training, and additional resources.”
Read on here for more tips on how workplace wellness can improve mental health.
“Conventional, and arguably dated, wisdom suggests that if we pay employees enough, they’ll be productive. But recent studies now suggest otherwise: Researchers have discovered a link between employees’ happiness and their productivity at work.
“And for those companies that have taken this seriously and acted accordingly, they’ve already begun to experience the payoff.
“A recent study by economists at the University of Warwick found that happiness led to a 12% increase in productivity, while unhappy workers proved 10% less productive. As the research team put it, ‘We find that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity. Positive emotions appear to invigorate human beings.’”
For more on how mental health improves productivity and happiness, read on here.
“Mental illness affects people from all walks of life. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), as many as one in five Americans is affected by a mental health condition.
“Unfortunately, work can exacerbate the symptoms that accompany common psychological conditions like depression and anxiety, and workplace environments can trigger the development of mental illness in previously healthy individuals.
Given the connection between our jobs and our mental health, we’d like to take some time to spotlight one of eLearning’s lesser-known applications: helping to improve mental health.”
For more on how eLearning benefits mental health, read on here.
“In fact, occupational training programs grew significantly last year, as more than one-quarter of workplace learning and development leaders saw their budgets increase, according to research from LinkedIn. More significantly, an estimated 69 percent indicated that the executives at their respective organizations saw talent development as the top priority.
“But while addressing evolving workplace training challenges and trends is certainly important, HR leaders and other learning and development stakeholders should remember to devote energy toward the basics – essential instructional topics that maintain their relevance, despite churning headlines.”
Read on here for more on how to have happier employees.
We recognize that wellness is about having access to safety and health resources, a support system, adequate training, and more.
And that’s what our new program, Vector Cares, provides.
Focused on how companies can leverage the technology and capabilities of our online courses and learning platforms alongside our commitment to service, the program raises awareness about the serious issues that affect individuals nationwide and seeks to bring support to those who need it most by offering resources on topics that greatly impact society, such as safety at school and in the workplace, mental health, and cybersecurity.
Inspired by Vector Solutions’ past support of communities impacted by threats, disasters, and tragedies, such as cyberbullying, wildfires, and school shooter incidents, the Vector Cares program serves as a permanent, ongoing support system that is accessible at any time.
Vector Cares’ complimentary online education and training resources support an all-encompassing approach to wellness by providing critical information to individuals and organizations quickly during times of crisis or to proactively prepare and train.
At Vector Solutions, we want to be more than a learning solution for our clients and our own employees. We are dedicated to the tenets and practices we preach, and believe that our ability to draw on our strengths creates opportunities to promote social awareness and serve as a resource for those who want to learn more and make their organizations, schools, and neighborhoods better places.