Wellbeing at Work
16 Oct 2020 | Anne Marie Fogarty
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National Work Life Week 2020 is a week where both employers and employees focus on wellbeing at work and work-life balance. A good work-life balance and wellbeing are very close to our hearts at ProMedical.
Since our beginning back in 2007, we pride ourselves and attribute our success to putting our people first. Healthcare is underpinned by a solid loyalty to its main resource-people.
How do we, as employers, achieve wellness in the workplace?
Firstly, we need to strip it right back to the foundations and always put people first. People are, after all, our business. Our team is made up of people, our candidates are people, and our clients are people. Human resources are the very backbone of the healthcare industry. We built employee wellbeing into our culture from the start. Research shows that when people feel well, they become more productive and invested in the business they work in, and that’s certainly true of ProMedical.
We have observed this productivity and investment in its most heroic form over the last few months when our healthcare professionals needed to step up, our recruitment agencies to come forward and work harder than ever to staff Trusts and communities, and our clients to ensure staff wellness, so they could in turn care for our loved ones directly affected by COVID-19.
Understanding the key domains of wellbeing
In the literature, many aspects play a role in caring for the wellbeing of employees. There are, however, some key components of wellbeing as follows:
Health – health promotion, physical safety, mental health, occupational health, employee assistance programmes, managing disability, and risk management.
Good work– well ergonomically designed work areas, good line management, pay and reward systems, and a good working environment that addresses work demands, communication issues and autonomy including whistleblowing.
Values– leadership, clear good management policies, ethical and inclusion practices of principle.
Social – employee’s voice and positive relationships.
Personal Growth– career development, lifelong learning, and creativity.
Good lifestyle choices- healthy diets, healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, and good physical activity.
Financial wellbeing– fair pay, rights for the employee, support, and retirement strategies in operation.
These key principles should be outlined in policies and procedures and practised with the true engagement of employees.
We, as employers, value people. We value our doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals. We value our clients and our team of dedicated recruitment personal who always put people first. We have fostered a work environment that promotes sharing concerns, talking about mental health matters, developing our team approach to work practices, and an understanding of the need for a good work-life balance.
As a team, we provide 24/7 employee support and an open environment where we place a significant emphasis on wellness at work. Anything we as employers can do to ensure our employees are happy coming to work, or client’s needs are met – we will do.
Do you want to work with people who put you first? Do you want to be part of a growing team that listens to employees and acts on that? Contact us today and work with a team that puts people first-always.
Opinion becomes fact when backed with research, why not take a look at this research report published by the Department for Work and Pensions, which outlines interesting findings of a Health and well-being at work survey of employers. Available at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/214525/rrep750.pdf