Wellbeing at work
Wellbeing at work means that work is safe, healthy, and pleasant. It stimulates good and motivated management and the workplace atmosphere and professionalism of employees. It also impacts on coping at work.
Wellbeing at work increases productivity and commitment to the job, and it reduces incidents of sick leave.
There is more than one correct definition for wellbeing at work. Wellbeing at work is an individual experience related to, for example, well-functioning personal relations at the workplace and employees' own vocational skills. Wellbeing at work helps a person to be enthusiastic and motivated and to take initiative. Therefore, wellbeing at work is directly connected with work productivity and with the competitiveness and reputation of the employer organisation.
Wellbeing at work is a joint effort
Promoting wellbeing at work involves employers and employees. Employers have to ensure the safety of the work environment, good management and the fair treatment of employees.
Employees also play a major role in maintaining their work ability and professional skills. Everyone is in a position to make a good workplace atmosphere. Wellbeing at work can be improved by developing working conditions and skills.
Good management is crucial to employee wellbeing. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health heads a network devoted to good management practices and the development of management training.