How many of you have continued with work outside of your normal office hours? Thanks to the accessibility that modern technology provides us, work has become more of a 24/7 endeavour for many people. The notion that work is something we do and not somewhere we go is becoming increasingly popular as people demand more all-round flexibility.
In this blog, we will discuss workplace wellbeing, what it actually is, and how your business can adhere to the requirements of the modern workforce.
Which brings me onto the 1st question of this blog...
What does workplace wellbeing mean?
The term wellbeing can be strongly associated with people's physical health, which makes a lot of sense, but it also encompasses the below:
- Your Job
- Living arrangements
- Social Life
- The workplace
- Life objectives/goals
Obviously, all of these things are very individual, which is why there is no one-size fits all strategy for businesses to apply when it comes to wellbeing at work. It would be boring if there was wouldn't it?! The challenge for employers is to create a wellbeing strategy that caters to the varying needs of your workforce.
Now, the people that have had most of an impact on the workplace in the last decade would have to be Generation Z and their Millenial friends. Before we look at what you can do around your workplace wellbeing, here are some statistics on the time spent at work during the lifetime of a typical member of Generation Z.
Take your average member of Generation Z, they start work at 20 and work until they are 70. The average working week is 40 hours and there are 52 working weeks in a year so that would mean they would spend a total of 104,000 hours at work in their lifetime!
Quite shocking when you break it down really. If people are going to spend that long at work, it is a huge responsibility for businesses to make sure that wellbeing is a priority.
Which brings me on to question two of the blog...
How can you develop a wellbeing strategy or improve what you already have in place?
Keep everybody comfortable:
It might sound silly at first but simple things like getting the right office temperature can make a huge difference to the mood of the workforce, and in turn their productivity. There is nothing worse than shivering or sweating your way through the day! Another element of workplace comfort is the workspaces themselves. Are they ergonomic? Are they adaptable? Workforces are diverse so it is important to be able to cater to the needs of individuals. Here is a quick guide to setting up a workspace to get you started.
Variety of spaces:
Fighting for meeting rooms, spaces to work in solace, and areas for collaboration will not put your workforce in the best frame of mind to work. Make sure you have enough spaces to cater for the different work styles and needs that people have. Having the ability to move into a quieter space to concentrate, or to gather your colleagues and work on a project for an hour is key to maximising the skills and innovative brain waves of your employees.
The bellow video from JLL summarises this issue perfectly...
Own your business culture:
Your business culture should exude throughout your workplace, both from the physical environment, but also through your employees. Does your office reflect your company values, and is it harbouring a productive workforce? Do employees know what is expected of them and how they can impact the success of the business? Make your communication clear and provide workspaces that reflect how you want your teams to work.
Work/life balance is something that is crucial to the wellbeing of your workforce. Flexibility with technology allows people to work from anywhere should they choose to, but having some kind of social rapour within the business is key. This is something that ACS is very, very good at. It is safe to say that the team is quite well known for its work hard/play hard ethos and when surrounded by ACS employees it becomes clear as to how this benefits everyone.
Here are just some of the things that contribute to the social culture at ACS:
- AGM - includes an awards ceremony, overview of business progress, and celebrating
- 20th Birthday celebrations - a big black tie event put on by the company where all employees and partners were invited
- Sports - we recently took part in the Northamptonshire Business Games
- Family BBQ - an annual event where all ACS employees are invited to a BBQ on the ACS House lawn with their family and friends
- The Winners trip - all of the winners from the AGM are taken away with a guest of their choice by the company to a secret location
Open doors = open minds:
Something that a lot of ACS employees find encouraging is that both John Harley and Jon Thorpe, our joint Managing Directors choose to sit amongst the sales floor every day. You might not think this is a big deal but to those at ACS, it is. 'The Johns' as they are affectionately known are constantly part of the sales floor banter, they get involved in incentives, they bring treats in on their birthday like everyone else, and most importantly, they are always available to talk if needed. Having them on the floor helps encourage a real no fear culture within ACS House.
So hopefully, with a small insight into some of ACS' own wellbeing strategy, some ideas of where to start with yours, and a comedy video to break things up, you are now feeling a bit clearer on what workplace wellbeing entails and how important getting it right is.
If you would like to speak to one of our workplace specialists about your wellbeing challenges you can do so by clicking here.