Investing in employee wellbeing consists of devising strategies, activities and goals that aim to take total care of employees’ overall wellbeing. The focus being to nurture employees which in turn will develop workplace resilience. It’s not enough to keep employees financially happy but to build a culture where they feel physically and emotionally secure with a sense of community and purpose and the opportunity for growth.
The mutual benefits of employee wellbeing
Creating an environment where employees feel as though they are listened to, cared for and can flourish equally benefits the organisation too.
Not only does investing in employee wellbeing reduce stress, it can also encourage employees to reach their full potential. Which in turn, will positively impact the company in which they work. Think increased employee engagement, fewer sickness absences and higher levels of productivity.
Imagine employee wellbeing as a virtuous circle, by investing in it you begin a cycle of continuous improvement. The employee wellbeing activities benefit the employee, and their state of wellbeing impacts their performance, which in turn benefits your company.
As an employer, where do you come in to foster employee wellbeing?
Creating wellbeing initiatives should take priority alongside building your business. If you want to reduce the likelihood of staff becoming unmotivated and unproductive you need to think about them. Asking for employee feedback is a good place to start. This will help determine what you should put in place to positively impact staffs’ attitudes towards work and their overall state of wellbeing.
By making the workplace a comfortable place to work is one thing, but fostering an inclusive culture goes that step further. This entails building healthy relationships amongst management and employees, good leadership styles, shared values, achievable objectives, and trust.
A holistic approach
Combining all the factors that can affect employees, analysing them and devising a strategy is to take a holistic approach to wellbeing.
Consider how you can encourage personal development, boost relationships, promote self-care, provide regular performance reviews or recognition, and improve communication, which is especially important for remote or hybrid working.
How can The HR Dept help?
Your business is driven by your employees, so you need to maximise their achievement. If you are managing a team, you too may need support in running your business. If you would like to discuss employee benefits or would like a helping hand with your HR and people management, we are only a phone call away.
Employee Wellbeing FAQs
How do I promote employee wellbeing in the workplace?
There are many ways you can promote employee wellbeing in your workplace. This can include things like providing mental health training for all managers and having a mental health first aider who can provide a united approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Involving staff in the dialogue will foster a collaborative approach and create a culture of openness – making employees feel more comfortable talking about their own wellbeing.
Consider regularly reviewing job descriptions and workload to ensure employees are not overloaded so that work-life balance can be achieved.
Providing learning and development opportunities can also make your staff feel valued and supported. Out-of-work social activities can help your team bond and create a mutually supportive workplace.
How can I spot mental health issues at work?
Being able to pick up on symptoms of poor mental health in the workplace can play a key role in keeping your staff happy and productive.
Indicators an employee could be suffering include low engagement, uncharacteristic behaviour, a decrease in productivity, increased absences, withdrawal from social situations, poor hygiene habits and changes in working patterns.
Holding regular one-to-one meetings with your team enables you to have those difficult conversations.
If you are concerned about an employee, make sure to speak to them privately in a sensitive and non-judgemental manner.
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