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The Five Pillars of Workplace Wellbeing

How wellbeing could lead to success

Did you know that developing your wellbeing can lead to improved performance in the workplace?

Wellbeing is important in every aspect of our lives, so it makes sense that our wellbeing also influences how we perform at work. Our wellbeing can affect a whole variety of areas in the workplace such as, productivity, colleague relationships, stress tolerance and more, all of which will contribute to our overall job performance.

So, which areas should you be focusing on to help develop your workplace wellbeing?

Well, according to research there are 5 key pillars of wellbeing in the workplace.

1. Positive Emotions – This pillar addresses the cultivation of positive emotions and how they can be maintained. Developing positive emotions will create an uplifting environment for you to work in and ultimately helps produce a happier workforce.

2. Relationships – This pillar addresses the development and maintenance of strong, meaningful relationships with others. Having strong personal relationships will minimise the potential of conflict and increase collaboration with others.

3. Engagement - This pillar addresses how one can use their strengths to find the feeling of ‘flow’ and remain entirely present in the given moment. Focusing on engagement will allow you to be more creative and innovative in your work.

4. Meaning and Accomplishment – This pillar addresses feelings of meaning and mastery within the workplace, referring to the devotion of oneself to something greater and the continued pursuit of goals that are personally relevant. When you have a high sense of purpose, you are more likely to stay motivated and have a clear vision going forward.

5. Resilience – This pillar addresses the capacity to recover quickly from stressful circumstances, setbacks or change. Developing resilience will help you successfully adapt to unpredictable circumstances and remain positive about the future.

Developing each of these pillars will create a strong foundation for your wellbeing and ultimately contribute to success within your organisation.

If you would like to find out more about the five pillars of workplace wellbeing and how it can be developed, take a look at The Wellbeing Workshop or contact us today.

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Deci, R. M., & Deci, E. L. (2000). Self-determination theory and the facilitation of intrinsic motivation, social environment and well-being. American Psychologist, 55(1), 68-78.

MHS Staff. (2011). Emotional Quotient Inventory 2.0 (EQ-i 2.0) Technical Manual. Toronto: Multi-Health Systems Inc.

MHS Staff. (2018). Hardiness Resilience Gauge (HRG) Technical Manual. Toronto: Multi-Health Systems Inc.

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