Workplace wellbeing strategies must not create an unrealistic expectation that staff will always feel upbeat and positive, says Samantha Peters.

“I wish there wasn’t so much emphasis on wellbeing at the moment.”

That’s not really a phrase you expect to come across in conversation right now, is it? Surely, we want more emphasis not less? Naturally, I was a bit surprised to hear it from a friend.

Of course, I had to ask why. It turned out that they didn’t mean quite what I thought. The more we talked about wellbeing, the more I understood. Undoubtedly, my friend wanted to feel well — the problem was that they perceived a pressure to be supremely, permanently, and for them, overbearingly, upbeat, or positive.

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