Wellbeing Challenges for Individuals, Leaders and Organisations

In Self-Management

By Maura Fay Learning

The dust has settled on our Wellbeing roadshow in September 2018 where we hosted over 250 organisational wellbeing movers and shakers in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Thank you to everyone that attended; the response was fantastic and the discussions enlightening as always.

For those of you that couldn’t make it, the breakfast was an opportunity for Maura Fay Learning to share some insights on wellbeing best practices for individuals and organisations as well as reveal our own end-to-end wellbeing solution.

As a follow-up to the roadshow we have also spoken to a number of wellbeing ambassadors from a wide variety of organisations to further understand wellbeing in their context and explore ways to integrate wellbeing into everyday practice.

It’s been a busy past few months and we’ve loved every bit of it. As a wrap up we thought you might be interested to learn about the different wellbeing challenges that were presented to Maura Fay Learning during this time; it’s always good to know what’s going on elsewhere. We have distilled a few of these challenges under each of the 6 domains of the Wellbeing Framework* that form part of our wellbeing solution.

Our relationships with our family, friends, colleagues and community

  • Leaders don’t always role-model the right wellbeing behaviours. It can be difficult for team members to connect with these leaders when these same leaders are struggling just to manage themselves.
  • The growing nature of dispersed workforces (i.e. working from home, part-time mothers, etc) creates less face-to-face time and less opportunities to build authentic relationships.
  • Most people are eating at their desk, reducing time for quality socialisation.

Our overall sense of whether we are leading a ‘good and full life’ which holds meaning and purpose for us

  • There’s a sense that too many leaders lack self-awareness when it comes to their own wellbeing with some choosing to continue doing what they’re doing rather than stop, take stock of their situation and make positive and sustainable change.
  • Some people are waiting for the weekend to have fun in their social lives. The thought of going out on a ‘school’ night is just not part of their thinking or that they’re simply too exhausted to do so. This ‘holding off’ until the weekend approach doesn’t serve anyone well.
  • People at work are searching for the ‘why’. Why do they do what they do?

Our inner strength and emotional evenness

  • People are demonstrating high stress or anxiety levels caused in part by high workloads.
  • When faced with a nearing deadline or just plain exhausted, people find it difficult to maintain composure, stay patient, quieten the mind and reduce internal chatter.
  • In organisations or teams that demonstrate cultures of perfectionism, people experience a constant state of feeling overwhelmed.

Our physical health, nutrition, exercise and sleep

  • People aren’t getting enough quality sleep. Even the wellbeing ambassadors aren’t sleeping!
  • Too many people are sedentary at work, sitting over standing.
  • Artificial sugars are a very real problem at work. People are regularly resorting to quick fixes to get them through the day.

Our success in balancing the various demands placed on us in all aspects of our life

  • Plain and simple, so many people are working long hours. They don’t feel they have enough time, they’re already at stretched capacity and they’ve found themselves in a cycle of busyness.
  • People find it difficult to switch off. With long hours, technology and more people working from home, the line between work and home is becoming increasingly blurred.
  • Some people still feel it’s their organisations responsibility to improve their wellbeing. This lack of personal ownership means that not enough people are making the time to be proactive to take care of oneself.

Our intrinsic interest and focus in the work we do

  • While some people are energised by the work they do, there are others that lack the challenge and personal growth in their work. For some it’s just a means to an end.
  • The pace of change and the disruption for some when change is not managed well, creates a sense of disillusionment that can take its toll.
  • The practical challenges of limited technology and/or colleagues without the desired skill sets are very real for some and impacting on their job satisfaction at work.

We hope that you’ve found this list of wellbeing challenges relevant and interesting, not only for you personally but also in relation to the wellbeing culture within your organisation.

As we all know, employee wellbeing is complex and multi-dimensional and every organisation is at a different point in their journey to building a wellbeing culture that positively impacts people’s personal and professional lives.

Whilst there will always be organisations that wrestle with getting budgets and buy-in for wellbeing, the impact on organisations doing nothing for their people in the wellbeing space (or doing nothing meaningful) has never been more in the spotlight more than it is today.

All the best in your pursuit for improving your own wellbeing and that of your organisation. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about our Wellbeing solution.

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