5 Ways To Improve Your Workplace Wellbeing

05 March, 2019
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5 Ways To Improve Your Workplace Wellbeing

Workplace wellbeing is key to boosting employees’ morale at work. Numerous research have shown that organisations with healthy and happy staff enjoy high levels of productivity and low turnover rates. Ultimately, these organisations tend to enjoy profitability in the long run.

There are many ways in which an organisation can promote wellbeing within the workplace. Of course, it does not have to be expensive investments such as renovating the entire office workstations or provide costly employee benefits.

Here are some cost-friendly ways to improve wellbeing in your workplace that your employees can be happy and comfortable in.

Bust office myths

According to research conducted by the Social Market Foundation and the University of Warwick’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, happier employees are more productive in the workplace. Instead of having uninformative rumours being spread within the workplace, why not consider holding drop-in sessions for staff to share their concerns and ask questions? It could be simple matters such as how to read their payslips or the various employee benefits that they are entitled to.

Promote a healthy lifestyle

Motivating employees to lead a healthy lifestyle need not cost a lot. Cheap ideas include providing free fruit in the pantry or installing a blender so that employees can make their own smoothies. If setting up an in-house gym is not within the budget, why not set up an after work running or badminton club?

Develop a wellbeing strategy

The first step to improving employee wellbeing is to understand what motivates your staff. Conduct polls or focus group to unearth what your employees want. Allowing your employees a voice can make them feel empowered as it goes to show that the company values employees' opinions as well.

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Introduce flexible benefits

The workplace today is made up of a demographically diverse workforce - the Baby Boomers, Gen Y and Millennials. Different workers have specific requirements when it comes to workplace wellbeing. For instance, Baby Boomers tend to focus on financial stability while Millennials might have a different level of expectation. Similarly, working mothers might expect a flexibly workplace environment while males today, are seeking more weeks of paternal leave as well. As there is no one size that fits all, consider introducing flexible benefits to introduce varying benefits that meet each demographic group's needs.

Help your employees manage stress

Regardless of how superb the company's benefits program is, there are bound to be employee that feel stressed or burnout from work from time to time. Help your employees by introducing accessible guidance how on to manage stress. It could be having a dedicated in-house counselor (if it is within the company's budget) or train the department manager in how to recognise and manage stress.

A workplace wellbeing that is high on an employer's agenda will result in a more productive, loyal and committed workforce. Moreover, there are plenty of "quick wins" that a company can implement to boost employees' wellbeing in the short run. Of course, companies should not forget to invest in long-term wellbeing strategies. This investment will eventually pay back through increased workforce productivity and high levels of employee retention.