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Well-being at work: How to get it right

For decades, stress was considered a normal part of working life. It was accepted and to be endured. But today, there is a growing focus on supporting employees with their physical and mental health. And well-being is at the center of this movement. 

Employees wish to improve their well-being, to manage stress and workloads better, but they may feel they haven't the time or energy to dedicate to themselves between busy work and home lives. 

And so, businesses must evolve their strategies to support their team's needs better and embed well-being into the organization's fabric. The article will look at:

  • The steps that your business can take to ensure well being is at the top of your plan. 
  • And how by embracing well-being, your business can benefit through improved performance, the retention of key staff and the creation of a modern working environment.

A Welcome Delivery

Personalized care packages show you care. When you send them to your employees, you indicate that you appreciate their work and value their contribution to the company.

For employees, it is something to cherish. Everyone enjoys the knowledge and rewards of doing a great job, and the gifts of food, snacks or essentials can maintain their spirits and energy for the working day. 

They are also beneficial for organizations with a remote workforce. Care packages can keep your teams united, and  38% of people who work from home feel well-being support has improved their productivity.

Take a break from the desk and get energized

The sedentary nature of work is harmful to one's health and has increased the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. So, after a long day sitting at a desk, it is crucial to help employees blow off some steam and acquire a much-needed endorphin rush.

By discussing with your employees the types of activities they would like to see, you can find ways for your teams to do something gratifying for themselves. 

Whether that be through offering yoga, onsite exercise, even walking meetings can promote movement, the building of social connection between your staff and a much-needed break from the mundane of desk work. 

In addition, 70% of employees enrolled in wellness activities reported higher rates of job satisfaction than those who weren't.

Furthermore, you can also offer your employees mindfulness training or subsidize meditation apps that have fees. Encourage and support employees who wish to utilize these to cope with stress and difficult situations effectively.

Find your quiet place

The workday can be relentless. Demanding clients, high-stress situations, long hours trying to deliver on targets and lots of computer time. Which can affect employees' physical and mental health. It is no surprise to learn that one in seven people in the UK experiences mental health issues in the workplace.

Breaks from work can help employees give the best versions of themselves. They aren't a luxury but rather an opportunity to sustain your teams and allow them to deliver a high standard of performance.

So, to combat stress in the workplace, it could be a great idea to invest in dedicated spaces or well-being areas for employees to take a moment away from a loud, intense office environment. 

Of course, not every office has masses of space, but using a frequently empty meeting room can give employees the chance to relax, decompress, and stop feeling overwhelmed.

Well-being areas offer a safe, quiet space for your employees. They can find moments of mindfulness on hectic days and remove themselves from noise and find focus. So, your workforce can reconnect with themselves.

Education, education, education

Rates of stress, depression and anxiety have been increasing. Exacerbated by the impact of COVID, burnout has placed a significant strain on businesses and their employees, leading to high turnover rates. Organizations must therefore support their employees to tackle the issue.

It is essential to educate your workforce about the signs of stress and anxiety and improve their well-being. What they should look out for and the ways of dealing with it. 

Encourage your staff to check in with one another to ensure everyone is okay. The appointment of well-being champions, friendly points of contact among staff, may make it easier for employees to confide in personal issues.

Embedding education in well-being into induction and regular training can ensure staff know where to turn and how they can receive and give themselves the proper support. It also shows how your organization supports its employees—a critical tool in attracting and retaining excellent talent.

Promoting self-care and education can help employees understand their habits and what isn't good for them and introduce new steps into their daily routine to improve their well-being.You must lead by example. You send a clear message to your teams through education and training that their well-being matters. Offering instruction on the subject can lead to better dialogue about issues, improve empathy, and find the best solutions to problems troubling your teams.

A well-being culture

Alongside education, providing your teams with regular opportunities to discuss work or any issues they may be having can go a long way to increasing well-being. It offers you the chance to check how everyone is doing and reflect on what might be causing stress, anxiety or affecting their sense of well-being.

You can do this at both a team and an individual level. For example, during team meetings, you can discuss well-being as a group. If, however, individuals are unwilling to discuss personal issues in front of a large group, making time and creating an open-door policy for your employees can go a long way.

Integrating temperature checks and reiterating that your organization prioritizes your team's well-being can create a workplace culture that normalizes difficult conversations. In addition, dialogue can improve attitudes and behaviors and help staff think more about their own and colleagues' well-being to ensure everyone is looking out for one another.

Buy-in from top to bottom

To improve employees' well-being at work and introduce the steps necessary, you need executive buy-in. Then, when you get leadership on board, you can get the right resources to make things happen.You need to explain to your executive teams how the investment into well-being can make your workforce healthier and thrive and positively improve the bottom line. 

You can highlight the correlation between well-being and improved productivity and turnover, with how FTSE 100 companies that prioritize employee health and well-being outperform the rest of the FTSE by 10%

Furthermore, you can highlight its impact on brand and employer reputation, with 91% of employees who feel cared for likely to recommend their organization as a great place to work, improving your ability to attract top talent.

Hopefully, you will receive the green light to start implementing new ways to improve your employee's well-being at work. 

By tracking the results of your endeavors, you can report to your executive teams the progress you have made and how improvements in the team's well-being significantly affect the company's performance.

Why improving your employee's well-being is so crucial

For many businesses, the pandemic has put well-being in the spotlight. As a result, expectations have grown, with employees more mindful of their priorities around work-life balance and employer support.

However, 26% of employees say their company currently doesn't support key well-being initiatives. The last few years have been challenging in many ways, and organizations must step up to support their workforce's well-being. 

By adjusting working practices and accelerating workplace well-being initiatives, your organization stands to benefit. First, it improves employee engagement, boosting morale and productivity. Companies that care about employees' health and well-being will more likely have employees who care about the company's health and success. Everyone wins.

Thus, to improve your employee's well-being, you should look to introduce some of the following steps:

  • You should ensure you have executive buy-in for your new initiatives. With their support, you can get the resources you need to make it a success.
  • Create a culture of well-being. Employees are educated about well-being and are aware of individual and group needs.
  • Create well-being areas within your office, so everyone can find the right state of mind to work to their potential.
  • Introduce well-being activities for your workforce to take part. To get that rush of endorphins that help make the day shine that bit brighter.
  • Care packages, because who doesn't like getting recognized for their hard work.

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