An employee well-being specialist: what is well-being, and how can you achieve it?

An employee well-being specialist: what is well-being, and how can you achieve it?

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In this new project material, we discuss the duties of a well-being specialist and the soft skills that will be useful for this position.

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You have probably been wondering what your productivity and motivation rely on. Most of us think everything boils down to money and wages. However, Deloitte statistics demonstrate this is not entirely true. Even more than money, most employees are motivated by a relaxed working environment.

A well-being manager or an employee well-being manager is associated with creating a favourable working environment. Using particular measures, they can increase the team's productivity and reduce absenteeism, and sick leave, lower deadlines, resolve internal conflicts and even promote the career advancement of certain professionals. So, what exactly does well-being encompass?

Well-being represents an employee's satisfaction with their work and life. When they do not want to rush home from the office as quickly as possible and do not get upset on a Monday morning, looking at their alarm clock. They are not torn between their personal life and career. Therefore, an employee's well-being is made up of five elements:

  • Physical health - their work is not harmful to their health. The employee can take a break when they need to

  • Mental health - their work does not lead to emotional burnout or stress

  • Social well-being - the balance between their family and work. Their career does not affect personal relationships in any way

  • Financial well-being - the employee is satisfied with their salary and has confidence in their future

  • Career advancement- the employee knows where to develop and what knowledge they need. They can learn and grow in a professional environment

The responsibility of the well-being manager is to provide all these elements. To achieve this, they develop employee support programs, including medical insurance, a free subscription to the pool, salary indexation, online courses, etc. Of course, the choice of what is included in the program depends on the current market situation and the employees themselves, whose requirements and goals should be carefully examined. The manager also performs some of the functions of a psychologist: if they suddenly notice that the performance of an employee is declining and they show signs of burnout, they must offer them a day off, redistribute the workload, or eliminate other reasons for it.

Based on this, the most essential skills for a well-being employee manager are soft skills: emotional intelligence, decision-making skills, understanding the principles of lean manufacturing, including environmentally friendly thinking, and personal stress resistance.

Apart from developing an employee support program, the manager also performs the following tasks:

  • Develops the leadership qualities of employees and improves their financial literacy through the advancement of corporate training

  • Measures team satisfaction and proposes initiatives to improve team productivity

  • Provides team well-being reports to management

  • Develops advertising campaigns for the HR department to attract better talent

  • Manages the budget and seeks additional sources of funding if needed

  • Organises events and promptly informs employees about corporate changes, events, etc.

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