As work plays a large part of most people’s lives, it can significantly affect how happy and satisfied employees are overall, yet many employees think work detracts rather than adds to happiness. For example, consider the sayings: “The best part of going to work is coming back home at the end of the day”, “Work is just something I’m doing until I win the lottery”, “I need a six-month vacation, twice a year”. Or the expressions: “Monday blues”, “post-holiday depression” or “Thank goodness it’s Friday” – these sayings and expressions suggest that employees feel happier when they are not at work!
The term ‘well-being at work’ is all about people’s immediate work environment, or more specifically their perceptions and experience of their quality of life at their respective workplaces. It covers several aspects of the way people feel about their jobs and their relationships with the people around them, particularly their line managers/supervisors. Essentially, it means being surrounded by leaders and colleagues who treat them with the respect they deserve.
Employee well-being is increasingly the focus of senior leadership attention in organizations in the UK and elsewhere. Progressive organizations in the UK aim to create a work environment that promotes a state of contentment which allows employees to develop, flourish and achieve their full potential for the professional benefit of themselves and their organizations. This is viewed as a legitimate business target of corporate policy in its own right due to the fact that improvements in employee well-being are conducive to enhanced workplace performance and overall business growth.
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