Well-being and personal contentment in the workplace

The topic of personal contentment has been getting more attention thanks to the current low unemployment rate and the incoming workers from the generation of millennials. Both employees and job applicants are now more interested in the ways the employer approaches the physical or mental health of their employees. Benefits and nice office rooms no longer suffice to ensure employees feel happy at work. Well-being is much more Well-beingthan people feeling just fine. People should feel that they can develop further and that their work is meaningful. Well-being represents quality of life and could be characterised as a state of complete physical, mental and social contentment. According to U.S. psychologist Ed Diener, well-being has a positive effect on the stability of workplaces, organisations and society.

Why should we concern ourselves with the personal contentment of employees? The reasons are changing. It is not new knowledge that if we increase the rate of personal contentment of employees, we can positively affect their commitment and productivity. People who are looking for work or are considering a change of jobs can choose and, to a great degree, set their conditions. Millennials are also playing a role in this, as they have a different set of skills and needs from previous generations. The success of employers is based on their ability to attract current and future employees, ability to keep their employees, as well as approach and draw them in.