The truth about WORKPLACE WELLBEING
From more flexi-time to subsidised gym memberships, we reveal what Aussie workers need to feel happy and healthy at work – and what more they expect from employers
Here’s a puzzling statistic: although almost 90 per cent of Australian workers feel that companies have a responsibility to look after their health and wellbeing, 56 per cent of organisations have no formal policies in place. In fact, despite the growing awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle, 70 per cent of employees don’t feel their workplace supports this practice enough.
These are just some of the concerning figures uncovered during body+soul’s nationwide YouGov Galaxy poll, conducted in partnership with Medibank. While they might come as a surprise to some, the experts aren’t so shocked.
“I think Australian businesses are stuck in a corporate model of short-term goals, focusing on performance by quarter,” says Stuart Taylor, CEO of Springfox, the Australian arm of The Resilience Institute. “Companies seem to forget that if they invest in a wellbeing strategy, employee performance goes up, not down.”
When comparing industry sectors, it’s health and education workers who mostly feel that their wellbeing isn’t being supported at work. “Carers often end up with fatigue because they tend to over-care,” he adds – and this attitude of working to your limits is symptomatic of most Australians.