In the modern workplace, it’s incredibly important that the wellbeing of your staff members is taken into consideration when making changes to the business. Wellbeing is simply about seeing employees as people and taking into account their personal happiness, feelings, safety and health. At the core of this is not allowing your company’s work to undermine the basic needs of your employees’ lives, and by extension, those who rely on them. In the 21st century, workplace wellbeing is a hugely significant aspect of our work and careers. Staff wellbeing can be a key factor in determining your organisation's long-term effectiveness. Here are few things you need to consider:
Having a great workplace culture has been proven to be highly advantageous. Very basically, culture is the character and personality of your organisation and what makes it unique. Your office culture represents the values, traditions, beliefs, behaviour and attitude of your company. It attracts and retains talent, drives wellbeing and engagement and ultimately impacts performance. An organisation’s culture can make or break any attempt to create a strategy that it may not be compatible with. A culture which is built on values such as trust, honesty and openness provides the foundation for wellbeing and engagement and will have a positive impact on every aspect of work. Many organisations credit their business’ success to their culture.
As a business owner, you might think it’s great that your staff are spending huge amounts of time at work, however, chances are it’s not making them happy. Even if working hard is in their nature, encourage them to take some time for themselves and relax. It’s important to take breaks from time to time in order to prevent burnout, both personally and professionally and can actually improve performance. No matter how busy your schedule is, setting some time aside for your personal life and hobbies will help make sure you do not spend every waking hour on work.
Health and Fitness
It’s hard to ignore the issue of weight in the UK. With 64% of adults being classed as overweight or obese, it’s a sensitive subject that is already having a knock-on effect for businesses. This can be felt in terms of sickness, absence and productivity. Promoting a healthy lifestyle could have a preventative effect on your employees taking time off sick. Health can affect performance, mood and motivation of your employees. Additionally, if your company has a good policy on health and fitness, not only could it improve your brand and recruitment, but morale could increase significantly. If staff feel cared for and looked after by their employer, this has a knock-on effect – and this isn’t just true for physical health, but mental health too. From healthy lunches and keeping hydrated to stretching and exercising regularly, adopting a healthy lifestyle in the office is a key element in improving your workplace wellbeing.
Financial Benefits of Wellbeing
By improving company culture and wellbeing, you’ll likely feel the following financial benefits across the business
o Better attraction and retention of talent
o Lower levels of absenteeism
o Higher engagement levels
o Better organisational and financial performance
Life goals and objectives
Almost everyone has personal and professional goals that they set for themselves throughout their lives. These can be short-term, like finishing a report by the end of the week, or long-term, like retiring at the age of 50. These are the things that motivate us to take initiative in our lives, but when we fail to achieve them, we can experience negative feelings. Whether we achieve or fail at our goals, there is no denying that they play an important role in our overall wellbeing. Nevertheless, while you may not be able to control every influence on your own wellbeing, setting goals can be an important way to maintain your own happiness and satisfaction. As an employer, understand and facilitate your employees’ personal goals, and reap the benefits of fostering a better working environment.
If you would like to explore the possibilities of the workplace wellbeing, please call ACS on 01604 704 014 or alternatively book a meeting with our specialist team.