Wellness Programmes that can teach employees to better manage stress
The workforce across the globe are increasingly becoming unwell. Employees are feeling more stressed, unwell and disengaged in work. A wellness programme at work aims to support employees and reduce health risks that may be come with the job, such as stress and anxiety. The literary review, primary research and reflections are provided in this report.
According to a report published in 2010 by Harvard Business Review Study, “an organised, employer sponsored program that is designed to support employees (and, sometimes, their families) as they adopt and sustain behaviours that reduce health risks, improve quality of life, enhance personal effectiveness, and benefit the organisation’s bottom line.” Unfortunately, these wellness programs are only available to a small percentage of the total working population. They are seen as both a luxury and a costly expense for a business. The umbrella term ‘wellness’ has many meanings. For example; financial wellness, social wellness, mental wellness and physical wellness. It can also include work-life balance, fair wages and intrinsic motivations with the organisation. This information helped frame the primary research that was conducted.
The primary research focused on mental wellness and how it can be improved by practising daily meditation and mindfulness. The objective here was to gather qualitative data and then showcase this information to future corporate employers, that meditation could help reduce stress and anxiety experienced by their workers.
The remainder of the assignment looks at what is the best approach to collect this data, ie. through a survey. It goes on to discuss the methodology and methods used, as well as the type of questions asked in the survey. The key findings presents the results from the survey in the form of text, graphs and slideshows. The conclusions made from these findings were then conveyed in the next section. Finally, key observations and a reflection piece was written, detailing key learning outcomes from doing the assignment.