What does wellness look like?

The world’s 3.2 billion workers are increasingly unwell, according to the Global Wellness Institute (more). 76% are “struggling” or “suffering” in terms of physical well-being and 38% say they are under excessive pressure at work. This has a demonstrable effect on business health as well. It is estimated that accidents, occupational diseases and other work-related health problems cost about 5% of global GDP (more). Little wonder, then, that wellness programmes are springing up anywhere and everywhere. In fact workplace wellness in now a $40 billion industry (more). But what IS wellness? And more importantly, what would a healthy workplace look like? The WHO provides a useful definition in this regard: “A healthy workplace is one in which workers and managers collaborate to use a continual improvement process to protect and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of all workers and the sustainability of the workplace…” (more). If you are trying to decide how wellness might be integrated into your business planning, you’ll find a great “model for action” developed by the WHO here.

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