Millennials are increasingly looking at potential employers from a wellbeing perspective before applying for a job or saying yes. Can you honestly answer this question? To what extent does this employer provide a healthy environment where all employees are supported to develop and use their skills and abilities to their full potential?
If you are a good researcher, you will look at retention rates and any published employee surveys. When choosing a particular employer, consider how much support it gives to its employees, including health and welfare benefits and if there is access to an occupational health service.
Here are 6 common indicators that act as warning signs for employees’ health and well being and which may prompt questions from you to employers:
- People are able to cope with the demands of the job
- People have an adequate say over how work is done
- People have adequate support from colleagues/bosses
- People understand their roles and responsibilities
- People are not being subjected to unacceptable behaviours
- People are involved in organisational changes
You can prepare your awareness of health and wellbeing before interviews by:
- Demonstrating how you maintain your own health and fitness and how you have supported the well-being of colleagues in the past
- Exploring your understanding of different personalities/work styles and your response to stress
- Exploring what energises and motivates you
- Giving evidence of resilience – the ability to deal with whatever is thrown at you and to remain emotionally and physically in control so that you can operate well under pressure.
What is your wellbeing dashboard showing right now – red, amber or green?