How well is your workforce? The UK has been ranked 24th out of 25 comparator economies for work-life balance in the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) second Working Lives survey. This suggests that workplace well-being in the UK needs attention.
The report revealed that workload is a serious concern with as many as one in five workers reporting that they cannot complete their tasks in their allocated hours. One in 20 admit to feeling completely overloaded. Left unaddressed these sorts of issues can lead to health problems such as stress or even burnout. Eventually you will probably see absence rising.
There are several factors that can affect employee well-being with workload being just one. It is a good idea to check-in with employees from time to time and reassess the overall well-being and happiness levels of your staff.
Why is workplace well-being so important?
First, as an employer, you are legally obliged to ensure the health, safety and well-being of your staff. Failure to comply puts you and your business at risk.
Second, people work better when they are happy. Healthy working environments help people to develop, while engaged and happy workers are more likely to be committed and more productive.
Third, employees are often the frontline of your business and typically manage relationships with customers and suppliers. If employees are not at their best, your company image can suffer.
How to improve workplace well-being in your business
Workplace well-being is comprised of health, good work, happiness and welfare. So in order to assess the well-being of your workplace it is a good idea to start by assessing each of these areas.
From physical to mental health there are many ways in which you can manage and promote good health amongst your employees. Implementing an employee assistance programme, a cycle-to-work scheme or training on stress management are some good starting points.
Good work looks at an employee’s ability to do their job well and reach their potential. Hiring the right people is crucial for good work to take place, and regular reviews or 121s keep track of performance. Review job descriptions regularly to make sure that additional workload has not crept in over time. Moreover, promoting an inclusive culture and providing accessible workstations make a difference day-to-day.
How engaged are your employees? This can be a good measure of happiness, as unhappy employees tend to be less interested in their work and can lack motivation. If you are concerned about morale, try organising a fun activity that promotes teamwork, or a schedule for engaging lunch-and-learn sessions.
One in four employees have mental health issues causing stress and anxiety. These concerns may not always be work related but can have an impact on work. Providing access to an employee assistance programme can make a huge difference.
Best practice and policy
A well-being policy can show your commitment and dedication to employee well-being. It sets the tone for your organisational culture and can help to retain and attract the talent that your business needs to succeed. If you think your workplace well-being could do with an upgrade, get in touch with your local HR Dept today.