Look around you - are your employees happy at work? If not, follow these tips so you can promote employee wellbeing in the workplace.
Employee wellbeing has gained increasing awareness over the past few years, as mental health becomes a central topic of conversation across the globe. There are many initiatives businesses can pursue to ensure they achieve employee wellness in their organisation. Not only will this help improve the lives of your employees, it will also form a great selling point for your business, an advantage you can use both when attracting new talent and enticing customers to shop with you.
What are some of the best ways to promote employee wellness in your organisation?
1) Introduce flexi-hours
One of the greatest barriers to employee mental health is a lack of work-life balance. Only a third of British employees report being happy with their work-life balance, according to a study commissioned by Gympass. Finding ways to make sure your employees have more time in their day for the things that matter is a great way to improve their wellbeing.
One of the easiest methods of doing this is introducing flexi-hours. Flexi-hours allow employees to choose their working hours, helping to accommodate prior commitments, like picking up their kids or making an early gym class. If an employee has a social event one evening, flexi-hours also allows them to start early on that day, ensuring they get all their work done while also finding time for out-of-work activities.
2) Create work fitness challenges
Another important theme of the Gympass survey was exercise. Three quarters of respondents agreed that regular exercise is a key factor in achieving a good-work life balance. There are many ways you can promote fitness in the workplace.
For example, consider creating work fitness challenges. Think about introducing something like a pedometer competition. This encourages employees to achieve a certain number of steps a day and reserves prizes for those that do the most. It's a fun way of getting everyone involved in walking more, without it being too taxing on you or your employees.
Holding regular events like these throughout the year, especially during winter where lack of sunlight can impact mental health, is a great way of making sure your employees remain happy while working at your organisation.
3) Consider Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) days
More and more businesses are looking to make a positive difference in the world around them by pursuing CSR initiatives. And what better way to honour your commitment to CSR than introducing CSR days at your organisation?
Try and align these CSR initiatives with your wider company goals. For example, if you've committed to reducing climate change, consider offering a tree planting or river clean up day to employees. Meanwhile, if you're a bank or insurance provider and want to bring greater financial literacy to the communities you serve, offer employees the opportunity to give free financial advice at community centres.
CSR days such as this are an excellent way to help your employees feel good about themselves, while also enabling you to pursue company CSR initiatives.
4) Offer incentives and employee recognition
Employees that work hard but don't get recognition for it are never going to be happy working at your organisation. That's why offering incentives and recognition is so essential to employee wellness.
Here at Power2Motivate, we specialise in creating Employee Rewards and Recognition Programmes. We're passionate about improving employee wellbeing, and believe Rewards and Recognition is the best way to do this. For more information, contact us today or request a demo.