National Workplace Wellbeing Day
Ibec is proud to be hosting National Workplace Wellbeing Day for the 7th year running! It's significance is particularly important in this COVID-19 era, as the Irish workforce has undergone a mass shift to working-from-home in many cases and social distancing across the board.
The impact of the pandemic has been difficult for many people, with loneliness a major concern amongst remote work-forces. We urge employers to recognise their continued responsibility in looking after their people through these challenges. Employers still hold a responsibility for the wellbeing of their staff, even when working from home, and there are a number of steps they can take to improve employee wellbeing. Connection starts with communication, so don't forget to reach out to your employees as they forge along during unprecedented circumstances.
Workplace Wellbeing Day offers companies a unique opportunity to celebrate and showcase all of the activities that they are putting in place for their employees throughout the year.
Focus Areas for 2021
- Social wellbeing
- Mental wellbeing
- Physical wellbeing
Where fatigue around wellbeing-related activities has set it, April 30th also offers an anchor to rebalance and refocus on supports that will benefit employees' social, mental and physical wellbeing. A plan that responds to the needs of your employees is favourable to a one-size-fits-all approach to wellbeing. It's important to communicate with your employees to establish what the current pain-points are for people (e.g. lack of social connection or bad habits formed around diet / exercise) and target your activities towards supporting those areas. The benefits of a successful workplace wellbeing programme have been well documented and begin with improved employee health, which can aid in increased retention levels and higher levels of both engagement and productivity.
As the first country in Europe to put in place a day devoted to workplace wellbeing, Ireland is truly leading the way and April 30th aims to showcase this. As a registered participant of National Workplace Wellbeing Day you will be amongst the large number of companies publicly showing your commitment to the wellbeing of your staff.
Workplace wellbeing benefits everyone.
We look forward to hearing all about your activities and outreach efforts on and in the run up to Workplace Wellbeing Day on April 30th. #WorkWell21