Credit: Nick Shepherd

When did the word 'wellbeing' start being used?

WORDS-WORTH: People's wellbeing is now a high-priority at work.

by John Morrish
Last Updated: 27 Jan 2016

One of our biggest technology companies recently advertised for a 'Wellbeing Manager', charged with 'facilitating the strategic development, implementation and ongoing support' of its 'internal employee wellbeing proposition'. Quite a task. 'Wellbeing' sounds like it was invented in the past 10 years by hip Californians. But it has been with us (written 'well being' or 'well-being') since Tudor times. And it has always meant the same thing: the state of being healthy, happy, and physically and psychologically fit. Only recently, however, has it been anyone's job.

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