Well-being at work
Why it matters and how to achieve it
Well-being at work? Everyone is talking about it! During drinks, after a late night of Netflix, alone or with friends, many of us have asked ourselves the question: “Am I happy at work?”
It’s vital for companies to create a great working environment!
Well-being at work has become a priority for companies today, but ironically, discomfort and dissatisfaction at work seems to be more and more common.
With the power of social media and the growing demands of employees for professional fulfilment from their employers, the subject is more relevant than ever.
Well-being is: “A pleasant state of existence resulting from a calm mind and the satisfaction of needs. It’s the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy”.
Well-being is therefore:
- and physical
InIn order to ensure well-being at work, both a company and its employees must take action.
Provide a good working environment
The quality of the environment at work directly influences our mood and productivity.
Natural light, cheerful and soothing colours, comfortable furniture, and functional equipment create a workspace that promotes a dynamic atmosphere and discourages isolation. Placing a few green plants in the office adds some decor and cleans the air as well.
This is not a secret: eating healthy food, exercising, and getting a good night’s sleep all promote healthy living! Adopting an active and balanced lifestyle is essential. Progressive companies offer healthy meals, recreational and sports activities, and some even provide rooms for napping!
Activities offered at Welink include:
- Football tournaments
- Ping pong tournaments
- Salsa classes
- Video games
- Language classes
Encouraging exchange and collaboration
Buying a few potted plants and a ping pong table is not enough though! People need to be able to express their needs, desires and concerns. Discussion between employees, managers and HR is critical.
Welink is a multicultural company with French, Spanish, Italian, English, and German teams, and an office in Portugal as well. Because a common language is necessary, the mastery of English allows everyone to understand each other. An English course is offered at the company by a native English-speaking Welinker who teaches the classes.
2020 and 2021 have been tough for everyone because of the global pandemic. On top of this, many people who work at Welink have recently arrived in a foreign country and a new city, and they need to meet people. Welink encourages collaboration between teams through events and hang out times to enable everyone to find their place and the support they need.
It’s important to take an interest in the development of employees’ skills and responsibilities based on their experience and career goals.
To promote professional development:
- Regularly review the state of an employee
- Identify areas of progress and areas for improvement
- Offer the employee opportunities to maximise his/her pote