Why considering employee wellness is in the best interests of your company…
Post written by Paragon Interiors   October 26, 2015

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You know the feeling… you are stuck in traffic on the way to work. It’s 07:56AM. You feel beads of sweat forming on your forehead as the minutes tick by. 07:57AM – you receive a call from your direct report to say that he has come down with something and will not be at work. You feel a tinge of guilt thinking about the hours of overtime that you have asked him to work recently. You brush it off when you think about his compensation and how many hours you yourself have put in of late. 07:59AM – you arrive at work, pant all the way up the three flights of stairs and walk into your 08:00AM meeting five minutes late. As you glance around the room and look into red eyes, you notice a few particularly rotund faces and hear a sniff and a dry cough… you think back to a lecture that you sat through once in varsity… What was it? Something about well-being? Ah employee wellness… that was it! Maybe you should have taken the gentleman seriously when he phoned you from an employee assistance programme (EAP) provider last month…

You are not alone. Many more business owners and executives are realizing, in hindsight, the importance of looking after the wellbeing of their staff. According to Sieberhagen, Pienaar and Els (2011), there has been a recent shift towards considering the physical, psychological and emotional well-being of employees, with various programmes implemented to promote well-being at work. Examples of these programmes include; stress management workshops, substance abuse programmes, dieticians and gym memberships, career counselling, HIV/Aids programmes and debt counselling.

The way that an office is designed can also contribute significantly to the health and well-being of employees. Ensuring effective ventilation, sufficient natural lighting, comfortable seating and spaces to relax and re-energise are some ways to ensure that the office environment is conducive to employee wellness.
The benefits for your business are multi-fold – reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, improved industrial relations, reduced health care costs and a reduction in the number of incidents at work to name a few.

Contact Paragon Interiors now to find out more about designing your offices for a robust and healthy workforce! 011-706-5123
Written by: Natalie Jones, Industrial Psychologist, PS 0128180 20/10/2015

References
Sieberhagen, C., Pienaar, J., & Els, C. (2011). Management of employee wellness in South Africa: Employer, service provider and union perspectives. SA Journal of Human Resource Management 9(1),1-14. doi:10.4102/sajhrm.v9i1.305