Promoting workplace wellbeing through employee engagement
PHE ePoster Library. Chetty L. Sep 12, 2017; 193363; 34
Laran Chetty
Laran Chetty
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Abstract Introduction: Workplace wellbeing is becoming a major public health issue for employers and at all levels of government initiatives. Multidisciplinary strategies to improve wellbeing at work have been acknowledged to be very effective in addressing both individual risk and the broader organisational and environmental issues. The workplace is the ideal site to promote wellbeing initiatives. Well planned, comprehensive workplace wellbeing initiatives have been shown to be cost-effective, especially when the initiatives are targeted and matched to the health needs of the specific population. Methods: A cross-sectional validated survey was carried out to explore the wellbeing needs and resources of employees within a healthcare organisation. All 1356 employees were invited to participate in the survey, and, therefore, sampling was not necessary. The questionnaire included both open and closed questions to capture information in several domains. This included demographic information, factors improving their workplace wellbeing, factors affecting their workplace wellbeing, and whether or not maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the workplace was achievable. The information from the questionnaires was coded on spreadsheets, and descriptive analysis was carried out. Results: Employees were asked about factors that were most important in improving their workplace wellbeing at work. 58% of employees reported “feeling supported at work” was the most important factor. Other factors included “wanting to eat a healthier diet” (49%), “increasing levels of physical activity” (46%), and “wanting to be a healthier weight” (40%). Employees were asked about the factors affecting their workplace wellbeing at work. The most common factors were physical tasks, such as “moving and handling” (53%), “work pressures, such as unrealistic deadlines” (38%), and “poor relationship with colleagues” (32%). Employees were asked about the types of resources that could be useful to support their wellbeing at work. 568 (68%) employees indicated that the “provision of physiotherapy” was the most useful resource at work. Other types of work assistance/resources employees felt were useful included “better access to healthy, affordable food” (66%) and activities, such as “subsidised gym membership/cycling scheme” (64%). 75% agreed with the following statement: “I feel maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the workplace is achievable”. Conclusion: This survey shows that employees had clear expectations about the factors that improved and hindered their wellbeing at work. This provides important information to the organisation so that a targeted health promotion approach can be implemented. External funding details Recipient of the Public Health Research Award (2017) from The Council for Allied Health Professions Research
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