World Health Day - The importance of wellbeing in the workplace

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World Health Day - The importance of wellbeing in the workplace

This year it’s Depression, and without WHD, we wouldn’t have a recognition day for such an important topic, which would likely remain unnoticed and ‘taboo-like’ for more years to come.

This year on World Health Day we recognise depression and the impact it may have on you, your family, friends or colleagues. Reading this blog post you may be able to recall a time in your day-to-day life when you were feeling mildly stressed, whether it was before an exam, an interview or a big client meeting. To feel occasionally stressed or anxious is just a normal part of our everyday lives. However, did you know that chronic and long term stress can lead to depression? Did you also know that stress is hugely prevalent in the workplace? In fact 56% of employees surveyed by YouGov said that their work was fairly to very stressful.

When we look at the figures and that more than half of employees express feeling stressed it becomes an important issue that is no longer just personal to you but also to your employers. Stress can impact your performance and productivity and an employer that recognises this will understand the importance of finding ways to address stress in the workplace.

There is currently a series on TV which I am binge watching called “Billions”. In summary the programme follows a Hedge Fund manager who runs a hugely successful company which is being investigated by a federal prosecutor for financial crimes. I will not spoil the plot for the readers who are interested in watching the series (and you really should watch it!) but what strikes me about the show is the massive role that the “corporate psychologist” plays. Wendy works for the hedge fund as their in-house motivator/psychologist. She advises, de-stresses and motivates the uber stressed traders and helps them perform at their best when the stakes are high. What is more striking is how core her role is to the business by simply being available to talk.

Now let’s get back to the real world, whether you are an employee or an employer wouldn’t it be great if you had a “Wendy” at your side whenever you were having that big meeting and were feeling anxious presenting to a huge room of people? Or maybe your personal relationship problems are making it hard for you to concentrate at work? Whatever the problem, it is comforting to know that you have someone to help you overcome that stress. This is where Vala comes in! Vala is your online team of healthcare professionals, offering a range of services from medical consultations to counselling.

We worked with Vala’s medical team to bring a solution that would allow you to keep track of your health and wellbeing directly from your smartphone. Book an online appointment on the go, join the remote video or telephone consultation wherever you may be, speak to one of the professional psychologists within minutes and agree a follow up and support plan according to your needs. It is as easy as that! If you are an employer and are concerned with the stress levels of your staff, Vala also offer corporate packages to help you keep your staff happy and healthy!

Depression is more common than we realise so it’s important to look after yourself and next time you are feeling stressed don’t ignore it, pick up your smartphone and book yourself a consultation with Vala.