What does well-being even mean, and how can the concept of eudaimonia contribute to the promotion of employee well-being?

Towards a more nuanced understanding of well-being

Traditionally, research on well-being has underscored one of two perspectives regarding a person’s feelings of well-being: the hedonic and eudaimonic perspective. Hedonia is usually defined by feelings of pleasure, enjoyment, and satisfaction. Many studies on the link between employee wellbeing and productivity have taken a hedonic perspective of well-being. However, a more significant route to performance exists through the eudaimonic (often called psychological well-being) perspective, which is more concerned with experiences of flourishing, reaching potential and living a meaningful life.

Promoting eudaimonic well-being through purpose (or meaning)

  1. The work itself,
  2. The workplace.

Promoting eudaimonic well-being through relationships (or belonging)

Wrapping it all up

Hopefully, this article on the eudaimonic perspective of well-being has given you a more well-rounded understanding of wellbeing and some practical ways to promote it. The next generation of employees expect more from their workplace in providing opportunities to increase their well-being and live a good life, and so it is important that employers intentionally craft an employee experience strategy that provides opportunities for employees to grow their sense of meaning and belonging at work.

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