Wellbeing inside and outside the workplace is an essential factor for any employer. It is said that companies lose a significant amount in productivity due to mental health issues. What can you do to ensure your employees are fighting fit and loving their work-life?
Check out some crucial ways that you, as an employer, can promote positive wellbeing at work:
Encourage employee feedback – Employees feel valued and happy when they have a voice. Encouraging regular feedback from staff can open the conversation for other areas that need to be addressed. This feedback can be anonymous too, and systems provided by companies such as Inpulse.com enable you to compile all the information and consider the responses.
Offer support – There are several ways you can foster a better space for employees, and one way to do this is by offering onsite support. If employees know they have a place to go to, they will feel reassured that their thoughts and feelings are being listened to and that any concerns they have are being taken seriously. You could even arrange small mindfulness groups and mediation sessions to improve overall wellbeing and productivity.
Implement staff benefits – A great way to promote a healthy and body and mind is to include a wellbeing benefits package. This could consist of things such a subsided gym membership, travel coupons, cycle to work schemes, and health insurance. By promoting a healthy lifestyle can improve overall wellbeing at work and home.
Praise staff more often – Something as simple as a ‘well done’ or ‘good work’ can have profound effects on wellbeing within the workplace. Employees that feel valued in their work and are appreciated are more likely to work more productively and take fewer sick days. It’s important to recognize personal achievements and company-wide ones too, as these can help boost the morale for everyone in the company.
Offer training – Many people strive to push themselves in their careers. However, if staff feel they are unable to learn more or try something new, they often move onto a different role. Providing both internal and external training is a great way to push employees further and offer them with aspirations for higher positions and promotion. It could be as simple as training an individual on a new system or further study, such as sending them to night school to take a master’s degree. Each can have positive effects on wellbeing and personal enrichment.
Incorporate flexible working – The days of being tied to your desk 9-5 are starting to filter out of the average corporate office in favor of a more flexible schedule. By recognizing that employees can manage their timescales and projects, you open an increased level of trust with your staff. In this environment, employees feel more motivated and valued and are more accepting that there is a level of confidence to ensure this arrangement works well for both parties. Flexible working also helps prevent burnout and can improve employee satisfaction in the workplace.