“A state of complete physical, mental and social well being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (World Health Organisation”.
There is a measure of accountability for workplaces to contribute to increasing awareness of employee needs and rights, not just generally but especially when it comes to wellness. Workplaces have in the last few years, used and encouraged approaches to maximise wellness on all levels and there are a number of identifying ways in which this can be done. Introducing the Global Wellness Day in the workplace will, with the aim of eliminating obstacles, increase employee’s access support for wellness.
- Approximately a third of adult life is spent at work. Employment is a key determinant of health and the World Health Organisation recognises the workplace as a key avenue for health promotion.
- Being employed in a fulfilling job can have multiple wellness effects. Unemployment, under-employment and stressful working conditions can have adverse impacts. The cost of absenteeism in Australia is estimated at $7 billion each year, while the cost of presenteeism is nearly four times more.
- Australian workers are losing more than three days each year because of workplace stress.
- Workplace stress is costing the Australian economy $15 billion per year.
4 Areas of Wellness
Diet: Are you eating the right foods to fuel your body? Research linking diet and mental health is expanding in a rapid pace.
Social: Social wellbeing is essential, and social wellness means an increased ability to explore abilities, cope with day-to-day stressors and work productively. Recognizing social wellness at work can reduce employee stress and improve productivity.
Physical health: Regular movement is an important element of wellbeing and highly influences energy levels and overall health.
Work environment: “Are you thriving or surviving at work?” Don’t be afraid to explore the impact your job is having on your health and wellbeing.
Global Wellness Day initially started out as a social project in Turkey back in 2012, dedicated to taking a moment to acknowledge wellness and to promote improvement and awareness. GWD is now celebrated in over 100 countries and been accepted as a global commitment.
“A big belief in employee engagement is a key driver in performance”.
- To raise awareness about living well and increase motivation, not just for today, but for the remaining 364 days of the yearnot only our body’s health but also our mind.
- Relaxation and think positive – This skill will take time to learn but it is most important that you allow yourself time to learn how to relax your mind. This might include meditation, a walk in the bush/beach, a bath or just being still.
- To recognise the value of our lives
- To pause and think, even if just for one day of the year
- To be free from the stress of everyday city life and bad habits
- To make peace with ourselves
To find out more about the Global Wellness Day campaign visit http://www.globalwellnessday.org
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