Wellbeing covers every aspect of our lives from when we first wake up in the morning to when we go to bed each night. It can change on a day to day basis and can often adapt to the different situations and environments around us. We all have wellbeing and we’re all unique in how we emotionally respond. One person’s stress is another person’s ease, which is why it can be tough to pinpoint and respond to where wellbeing issues are occurring. As well as this, there is a divide between someone’s wellbeing at home and wellbeing at work. Although the boundaries are often crossed, some staff can keep concerns very separate.
Wellbeing at work
It is safe to assume that not everyone can be 100% comfortable when they are at work. There’s added pressures, expectations and duties to uphold which can cause worry and feelings of uncertainty. Alternatively, their home environment can be seen as a space where they can relax, feel more content and not have to worry about work responsibilities until the next day. On the flip side, staff may even feel more comfortable in the work environment; everyone is different!
With what we’ve seen over the past two years though in light of remote working, the divide may have been blurred. In a lot of situations, work and home environments were merged, making it more difficult for staff to separate the two. As a result, concerns at work or at home may have had a bigger impact on employees, causing more disruption than before.
Many of us are now back in the office, however we must remember that it has been a long time since we’ve stepped foot into this environment and a lot has happened! The divide between our home and work wellbeing may still be blurred which can make it difficult for staff to separate worries and concerns. As a result, staff wellbeing could be more affected than usual, which could be impacting more aspects of your organisation than first thought.
Responding to wellbeing
As we have said, a lot has changed in a very short space of time and you may find that staff wellbeing is now becoming a growing concern for your organisation. While it may seem an impossible task to accommodate everyone, there are ways you can effectively respond, to support the wellbeing of your employees
Edtesa wellbeing gives staff the opportunity to anonymously feedback on various aspects of their work, from mental health, to the environment, to their workload. Management are able to see where the concerns are and can go on to adapt and respond if necessary. It’s important to give staff an effective platform to speak openly about how they are coping at work so issues can be heard rather than bottled up and taken home at the end of each day.
The divide may be slowly improving but that doesn’t mean that staff shouldn’t be listened to or given an appropriate voice. There are elements of your business that can easily fly under the radar, so allow your staff to show you where the cracks are.