Improving well being in the workplace

Improving well being in the workplace

In a new report by the British Psychological SocietyPsychology at work: improving wellbeing and productivity in the workplace, employers and the government are encouraged to consider neurodiversity in the workforce. 

One of the authors talks about how well being at work can be improved through control at work, social support, job security and not being asked to do more with less.

All common sense in the world of HR - right?

 

The report is full of fascinating insight and worth sharing just for that reason. However, an additional reason I decided to share it is that I can see, even by just dipping into the first few pages, that there are dozens of handy sentences or snippets of information that you could quote to add punch to a presentation or assignment in which you need to influence key stakeholders on the virtues of psychological well being in the workplace.

 

Here are just a few of the gems I picked out:

"A large part of how people define who they are is by what they do."

"Poorly designed jobs, work that is not organised well, difficult work environments, poorly trained managers and a lack of understanding of human behaviour in the workplace can create or exacerbate mental health conditions."

"As well as impacting on physical health and sickness absence, the psychological health of the workforce impacts on organisational performance and is therefore important for enhancing the UK economy."

"People are at the heart of organisations. While delivering the highest quality of products or services is the organisation’s goal, it is the resources available to its employees, how much they value their work and that their work is valued, that ultimately deliver success."

"86 per cent of people said they valued interesting work and 76 per cent rated a sense of accomplishment as important as, or more important than, pay."

 

We know all this to be true. But now we have it in writing from the BPS!

To read the full report by click here.

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