‘Wellbeing’ seems to have become a bit of a buzz word amongst workplaces in the last few years, but it’s a good one – and certainly one we should all get on-board with! A healthy, happy, empowered staff force is a well-functioning one and although it may not always be possible to see a direct correlation between looking after your people’s mental and physical wellness and their work performance, the impact is noticeable over time and the value is immeasurable.
Whilst social media often paints a picture of wellbeing to be long bubble baths and tropical holidays, staff wellbeing in a professional workplace can be tackled in many different ways; going the extra mile for caring for your people and putting in place ‘little touches’ that really make them feel appreciated. Forget the jacuzzi and the sunset beach scene – there’s lots that can be done without donning a swimsuit (unless, you know, you’re a bikini brand!).
Many companies offer a lunchtime fitness class once a week; usually something gentle and inclusive like yoga or pilates, to allow for as many people as possible to join. Local instructors can be hired cheaply and set up in a spare meeting room, or, if your resources don’t quite meet that as a perk, encourage staff to go for a walk on their lunchbreaks or on a Friday afternoon. Exercise releases endorphins and you can really bond through people choosing to get involved without having to feel like you’re pushing anyone to have ‘forced fun’.
Keep Communications Open and Honest
It’s easy to sense stress from others in a professional environment, and in turn, this can foster a culture of secrecy and worry that doesn’t need to exist at all! Keeping your internal communications clear, concise and open is one of the most respectful things you can do for your workforce. Stimulating a company culture of openness empowers staff and ensures that they know where they stand and how they contribute.
Encourage A Healthy Work-Life Balance
All businesses have busy periods and of course there are periods where you may need from your staff than usual. However, it’s imperative that work expectations and demands are reasonable and that personnel are able to regularly (and more often than not!) work their stipulated hours without contact when they’re away from standard duties. Drawing a line and making sure that staff balance their home life with their professional life boosts positive mental health and keeps them feeling good about their time in the office. Make sure your staff use their break-time and holiday allowances and stay flexible where you can.
Offer An Employee Assistance Programme
Sometimes, staff will have situations in their lives that they don’t want to discuss with professional contacts – and that’s OK, of course. An Employee Assistance Programme is a free-to-access counselling or emotional support service that can help employees get the help they need to ensure any such issues don’t impact on their lives for a prolonged period of time. This in turn helps improve their work performance. A variety of EAPs can be purchased for on-demand access, depending on your business requirements.