Personal wellbeing is quickly going to the top of our agenda’s, especially since the pandemic began. Employers are starting to value employee wellbeing and the wider impact it can have on their business’s success and culture. As a result, both small and large corporations are beginning to integrate employee wellbeing practices into everyday life.
Wellbeing support can increase employee motivation and productivity and diminish staff turnover. The mental health charity, Mind, found that more than half of employers want to improve their staff wellbeing but aren’t sure where to start.
Here are a few ways you can offer the very best care for your staff.
Offer Gym Discounts
It’s no secret that exercise is an integral part of a healthy mind and body. Exercise can increase our endorphin levels, reduce stress, improve cardiovascular health and much more. However, between busy family lives and work commitments, it can be difficult to find the time to exercise and take care of ourselves.
Try offering gym memberships and lunchtime yoga classes to your employees so they can let off some steam and squeeze in a little exercise. Or, you could support a cycle to work scheme and health insurance policy to make sure your employees are covered.
Supply free Fruit and Veg in the Work kitchen
You probably have a kettle and some tea and coffee supplies in your office. However, fresh fruit and vegetables can make a big difference to your employees mental and physical health. You could offer free breakfast as an employee perk or make an effort to keep fresh fruit and veggies in the fridge for snacks.
After a year of working at home, the business industry has finally started to value flexible working hours. Try to incorporate this into your office culture so your staff can fit work around their busy lifestyle. For example, your employees could work at home for a few days a week.
Offer a Safe Space to Discuss Issues
Your employees should be comfortable coming to you with any issues that may be affecting their work. You can offer flexible working practises to give your team more time at home, and maybe even a few days off to manage personal problems. An open-door policy can help you create lasting relationships with your employees that will make you a better team in the long run.
If an employee relies on mobility aids, encourage them to discuss how you can improve the office space to be more inclusive. Listen to your employees and respond to their feedback on your office culture.
Display your Gratitude
Social interaction is a huge part of our personal well-being. We need to feel valued and noticed for our hard work in the office. As an employer, it’s important to practise employee recognition so that your employees feel individually respected and valued. Employee recognition can help to improve team motivation and satisfaction.
Wellbeing needs to be at the heart of company culture.