Give Employees Time and Permission to be Well

Often, we spend a lot of time taking care of others—children, older parents, a sick spouse or partner. In doing so, we sometimes neglect our own well-being. When employees don’t take the time to care for themselves, their productivity at work can be affected. This article suggests that employers do more to encourage employees to balance their work and personal lives in ways that make sense and help them be productive. The author states that if employers want to succeed at creating a culture of well-being, they must continuously look at removing obstacles. This includes allowing employees time (i.e. short brakes) during the work day to manage things such as their physical health (taking walks, making doctor appointments, etc.), their mental state (providing stress-reduction workshops) or their financial life (perhaps having your retirement funds provider present classes onsite). Employers should consider if you give employees “permission” to be well.