The shift from wellness to wellbeing: How did we get here?
The sheer amount of organizational change companies have experienced over the past 20 years, combined with the stress of a once-in-a-century pandemic, racial injustice, mass shootings and geopolitical events have resulted in a totally stressed-out workforce. Employees are in search of tools and resources that improve overall wellbeing and offer a healthy work/life balance.
Left unchecked, soaring stress levels can be detrimental to wellbeing and affect sleep, nutrition, concentration, frequency of illness/injury and consumption of alcohol and tobacco products. Further, high stress levels can lead to a lack of motivation, reduction in productivity, poor performance, increased absenteeism and even “presenteeism,” where staff come to work but underperform.
While some stress or pressure can enhance work performance, productivity and performance can start to decline when the demands of the job and work intensity become unbearable. Consider for a moment the amount of mental dexterity needed for any given job; people need time and space to think, to generate new ideas, to be creative and exercise accuracy. If physically unwell, stressed, anxious or depressed, it can be difficult to perform any of the above functions.