One Apple A Day #1114
Who should take care of my well-being?
Well-being is vital. I guess nobody could argue with that, even if there is probably as many definitions of wellbeing as people on Earth.
Many studies and surveys show that well-being is crucial for work and the workplace. Not a surprise considering that work represents a relevant part of our lives.
It's well known that people well-being boosts morale, productivity, performance and more. So, organizations are finally investing a lot of attention and resources in their people's well-being.
But I can't help but wonder if a person's well-being is really a responsibility of the organization. If there is no unique definition of wellbeing, how can the organization know if I am being well? What if my idea of well-being is entirely different from anyone else so, joining the company's initiative makes me feel worst instead of better? Is there a risk of having to conform to a single idea of well-being?
I'm just provoking, of course. But I saw some environments in which the effort to make everyone feel great had compromised someone well-being.
So, maybe organizations should try less to take care of people's well-being and work more to give everyone the space and the autonomy to take care of their well-being on their own terms.