Wellness in the Workplace

Updated: Jul 24

Given that so many hours are spent in the workplace, there are key considerations one should keep in mind when trying to promote wellness in the workplace.

According to a 2021 report by Mental Health America, there are a variety of factors that can influence wellness in the workplace; four major stressors for employees include financial insecurity, burnout, work environment, and stress in the workplace. The same source emphasizes that challenges brought about by the pandemic have only exacerbated these stressors.

At the same time, poor mental health is associated with many adverse outcomes in the workplace. These include reduced productivity and morale, impaired daily functioning, and increased rates of absenteeism among employees.

The following include strategies that may be able to help:

1. Connect with others

Aside from being described as a public health issue, loneliness is associated with a variety of adverse maladies. Although social distancing may make it difficult to meet in-person, there are a variety of ways you can reach out to others during the pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one strategy that can be used in the workplace to better foster wellness includes communicating and collaborating with fellow employees to find and create solutions to common job stressors.

2. Practice relaxation techniques

According to the CDC, stress-reducing activities such as mindfulness and meditation can help employees manage workplace stress.

3. Try keeping a consistent schedule

Rather than planning activities on impulse, it may be helpful to keep a consistent schedule. This applies to a variety of areas such as setting up one’s work schedule and planning activities to do after work. On a similar note, it may be helpful to engage in more healthy behaviors, (e.g., getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, etc.).

4. Finding ways to express gratitude

The CDC suggests that finding opportunities to focus on positive experiences can help alleviate stress in the workplace. One way to practice this is to keep a gratitude journal.

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