Industrial Safety News: April - May 2022

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APRIL- MAY 2022

Five employee wellbeing myths to avoid Despite an increased focus on staff wellbeing programs to support workers in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, not all wellness strategies are worthwhile, employee support company Sonder says

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he world of employee wellbeing can be a maze of shiny objects and misinformation. Business leaders, trying earnestly to look after their people, are confronted with conflicting messages at every turn. It’s confusing and disorienting. How can you be sure of the best wellbeing initiatives for your people? What benefits should you include or exclude? What kind of support delivers the most meaningful value? There is no one-size-fitsall solution for employee wellbeing. What suits one individual, workforce, industry and operating environ-

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ment may not suit another. Many factors need to be considered and multiple traps avoided. Some organisations make decisions based on concepts that evidence tells us won’t work. Sorting fact from fiction is the critical first step to building a culture of mental and physical wellbeing and reaping the benefits of a well, engaged, and productive team. To help organisations decipher wellbeing offerings so they can design an evidence-based strategy geared towards organisational resilience, here are five employee wellbeing

myths that may be costing your organisation time, money and results.

Myth #1: Paid time off cures burnout

A recent survey of 1,025 employees suggests that 42 per cent of workers took time off during the last 12 months because of concerns for their mental wellbeing. Global media has done an exceptional job of glorifying companies that have gifted their employees with paid time off (PTO) to curb burnout and improve mental health and wellbeing. PTO can set the tone for a more balanced and health-

ier workplace, but it is a bandaid for burnout, not a cure. Burnout is a multifaceted, multidimensional issue that can rarely be solved with short bursts of time off work - employer-funded or otherwise. Wharton Organisational Psychologist Adam Grant says holidays should be a time to celebrate, not to recharge. “If work is exhausting people to the point that they’re using their time off to recover, you might have a burnout culture. A healthy organisation doesn’t leave people drained in the first place.”


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