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How to boost your employee wellbeing

Attitudes towards workplace health and wellbeing have changed significantly over the last few years, with the challenges posed by the pandemic shining a further light on this. With the longer-term impacts of Covid-19 continuing to emerge, many of us are seeing first-hand the importance of supporting employees beyond basic health and safety requirements. 

Employee health and wellbeing is no longer being seen as a ‘nice to have’, but rather as a fundamental business necessity, which can directly impact productivity for the better. And so now, more than ever, it’s crucial that we don’t take employee health and wellbeing for granted, or underestimate the impact it can have on business performance. 

To put it simply, happy, healthy employees are good for business. In fact, recent BITC-commissioned research by IPSOS Mori discovered that companies taking proactive steps to promote wellbeing amongst their employees can improve their financial success by 10 percent. The driving force seems to be that happier employees use the time they have more effectively, increasing the pace at which they can work without sacrificing quality. 

At HR Star, we appreciate that boosting a positive working culture and making your workforce happier can seem like a daunting task, but don’t despair, we’ve got your back! Read on to discover five steps that your business can take today to begin building a happier, healthier workplace. 

  • Walk the walk: It’s important to model your behaviour so that your team members feel they can prioritise self-care and set boundaries. Whether you’re taking a walk in the middle of the day, switching off your email to relax and recharge or something else, make sure you are continually sharing your own healthy habits with your team – and encouraging them to follow in your footsteps. 
  • Communicate, communicate and communicate more: Remember to keep your employees informed about any organisational changes or updates through regular snippets of communication. Establish channels for your employees to express their concerns, fears or any other questions they might have and remember to check in with your employees with regular 1-2-1s. Whilst you may not always know what to say, what matters most is to create a space to hear from your employees. 
  • Be flexible: Now, more than ever, it’s vital to make sure your employees have the flexibility and support to do their job to the best of their ability – regardless of their current circumstances. It helps to acknowledge that different people have different working patterns, particularly when it comes to remote working. If you haven’t already, establish flexible working practices, such as adapting working hours or arranging temporary job sharing to support your employees who are balancing family care responsibilities with work. 
  • Provide learning opportunities: Did you know that learning can help improve and maintain wellbeing by providing employees with a sense of achievement? Look to provide access to tools and online learning platforms to empower your employees and, at the same time, increase your business performance. Another idea is to create cross-functional teams and enable your employees to learn from each other. 
  • Recognise the big and little wins: Showing appreciation plays a big part in keeping your employees happy and engaged at work, and appreciation should not only come from managers or senior leaders; positive feedback from colleagues can be just as important. Create a culture of support and appreciation by valuing and recognising the work performance and positive contribution of your employees. By doing this, you encourage your people to succeed and carry your business forward. 

 

For further questions and advice about how to boost your employee wellbeing, email [email protected] or call 01242 500 557. 

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