In today’s media, there are often stories, case studies and news bulletins surrounding work issues related to stress and health concerns, which is arguably the cause for the latest buzzword doing the rounds …well-being.
Wikipedia defines well-being as ‘a state of happiness, good health and or prosperity.’ As the definition suggests, well-being is a state that the majority of the population should / would aspire to achieve. Therefore, you don’t have to be an expert to know the benefits that looking after yourself, and employees and colleagues can bring. Yet stress is still relevant in today’s business world.
Traditionally, admitting to stress might have been regarded as a big no-no as it may be seen as a potential weakness – we had the whole stiff upper lip look going on. As our business culture has moved forward, enhanced by the growth in female employees, different races, and ages, perhaps admitting to feeling stressed has lost its stigma. One might be forgiven for believing that, as the problem has been acknowledged, steps are in place to reduce the negative effects … apparently not everywhere.
Stress management and employee well-being programmes are often met with complete trepidation. People tend to believe a happy-clappy, bare foot hippy with a love of flowers and incense sticks will be trying to get participants feeling their inner aura by embracing the role of a tree. Whilst there is no right or wrong approach, the majority of well-being programmes encompass activities such as managing and recognising stress, understanding triggers & behaviours, and practicing exercises to help build confidence – not a tree in sight.
Righttrack Consultancy, the learning and development specialist, has over 20 years experience in designing and implementing many types of development topics and, due to increasing demand from their clients, launched an employee well-being programme at the beginning of this year (2008). The response has been fantastic with clients stating that the training was great as a knowledge booster, allowing work stresses to be put into perspective without hindering team and individual performance or motivation.
Kasmin Cooney, Righttrack’s Managing Director said, “Employee well-being often isn’t given the focus that it needs – there are always deadlines, appointments and meetings that are seen to take precedence over an individuals’ well-being. We acknowledge that business is tough and our industry (training) is no exception. However we have found that the clients who have not only invested but fully embraced the importance of employee well-being have created a more adaptable and altogether stronger workforce.”
The concept of well-being is not a flash in the pan concept and is likely to become even more prominent as the business environment is still so uncertain. The phrase ‘prevention is better than cure’ is one that is drummed into us, be it about smoking, safe sex or crime prevention, and in every case it makes perfect sense, including well-being. Dealing with the expense of stress is a cost all businesses could do without and so employee well-being should be taken seriously by all.
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About Righttrack Consultancy:
Right Track Consultancy Ltd was formed in 1988, and has its head office in Worcestershire. Righttrack is a leading learning and development consultancy that design and deliver innovative and engaging training solutions to organisations all over the world. The range of services that Righttrack provide covers a broad spectrum and includes bespoke and ready-to-run training, sales solutions, ILM programmes, organisational development, e-learning and coaching.
Righttrack work with clients of all sizes across all industry sectors, including Mercedes Benz, Gucci, Somerfield, Littlewoods Shop Direct Group, Metropolitan Police and The North East Ambulance Service. More information can be found on www.righttrackconsultancy.co.uk
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