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Celebrating National Workplace Wellbeing Day 2024

Celebrating Ireland's National Workplace Wellbeing Day 2024

The 10th National Workplace Wellbeing Day takes place in Ireland on Friday 26th April 2024. This Ibec initiative helps us to focus on building a healthy and supportive work environment for all employees. In today’s busy corporate environment, too many employees find themselves stressed and burnt out. Therefore, workplace initiatives aimed at promoting workplace wellbeing are crucial. Employers are encouraged to register on National Workplace Wellbeing Day 2024 to showcase their support structures for their employees, and how they are enhancing the overall wellbeing of their workforce.

Workplace Wellbeing Day Logo 2024

Workplace Wellbeing

Workplace wellbeing incorporates the balanced physical, mental, and emotional health of employees. Investing in staff wellbeing is ethically imperative and is good business. Research shows that organisations with robust wellbeing initiatives tend to experience higher levels of employee satisfaction and engagement. In other words, staff are happier, more engaged, and more productive. We recently celebrated Employee Appreciation Day which reminds us to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work, enthusiasm, and loyalty of employees every day. These two employee focused days tell us that attracting and retaining talent is a top priority for most companies.   

Health and Wellness at Work

To create a culture of health and wellness at work involves offering resources and support that empower employees to prioritise their wellbeing. This can include providing access to a wide range of supportive initiatives. For example, your company can offer fitness facilities, healthy office snacks, ergonomic workstations, and allow regular breaks to encourage staff to move about. In addition, working from home initiatives can build better work-life balance, reduce stress, and enhance overall employee satisfaction.

Wellbeing Programs for Employees

Implementing structured wellbeing programs for employees is key to promoting sustained employee health and happiness. Programs encompass a wide range of initiatives. These include mental health resources, PMS care, stress management workshops, mindfulness sessions, nutrition counselling, and access to employee assistance programs (EAPs). Your workplace is unique, so programs need to be tailored to meet your employee’s needs and preferences.

Promoting Employee Wellbeing

Any successful wellbeing program has a clear and genuine concern for employee wellbeing. Aim to cultivate an environment where employees feel valued, supported and respected. This involves encouraging open communication, listening to employee feedback, and addressing concerns quickly. Employees are busy so they need a nudge of encouragement to prioritise their health and wellbeing. Use creativity to promote your wellbeing initiatives; custom bottles, with your logo and message, will remind employees to stay hydrated. Celebrate your successes and recognise your wellbeing ambassadors as they will inspire colleagues to adopt a healthy lifestyle.   

Custom bottles

Corporate Health and Wellness

Building a culture of wellbeing is a collaborative effort. While organisations play a central role in providing resources and support, staff must take responsibility for their health and wellness. This requires their active buy-in to your corporate health and wellness initiatives, which are fostered by a sense of employee ownership and accountability. In this way your organisation builds a collective commitment to prioritising health and wellness. An important first step is to ask staff what they need. A second step is to ensure staff members help build your corporate health and wellness initiatives. These two steps will also identify staff champions – necessary for building successful programs.  

Celebrating National Workplace Wellbeing Day on April 26th and beyond, helps your company to confirm your commitment to creating a supportive employee environment. Organisations that invest in workplace wellbeing and wellbeing programs for employees nurture workplace health and happiness. They also lay the foundations for long-term business success and sustainability. In prioritising health and wellness at work, a healthy workforce is the keystone of a thriving company and a great place to work.

About the Author

Dr. Paul Gadie is the Managing Director of Gift Innovations with wide experience in the corporate gifting industry. He holds various degrees including a doctorate in Theology, which focuses on leadership. He has worked in academia, researching, and lecturing in Theology & Religious Studies and managing academic partnerships across the UK, Europe, and Africa. He is also a published author; in his research, he encourages the development of leaders with a vision to work with and persuade others, rather than to control and command.

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