Whether your business takes place in an office, over Zoom, or on the factory floor, workplace wellbeing is crucial to your company’s success.
Employees who feel supported by their employers are more likely to be productive and engaged at work. Plus, when you center the wellbeing of your employees, you also increase your retention. This saves your company money and helps cultivate a positive employment journey.
There are three main components to wellbeing: physical, mental, and social. Addressing these three different areas can create a positive environment for your employees, allowing them to create their best work.
Physical wellbeing includes areas such as fitness, nourishment, environment, and comfort. To encourage frequent exercise and healthy eating choices, several businesses have set up health initiatives, many of which can be integrated into work-from-home or hybrid setups. This could take the form of health incentives in benefit packages and/or an increase in the break time each employee is given.
Environment and comfort are also important factors in an employee’s physical health. For example, are employees comfortable at their desks, or do they require a more ergonomic setup? If you have remote or hybrid employees, consider offering a stipend for home office setup.
Mental wellbeing considers both the emotional and cognitive state of an employee. Emotional wellbeing can depend on where the employee works and the design of their home office.
One easy way to enhance mental wellbeing is to include nature (such as plants or natural light) in the office space (this concept is also known as biophilic design). This can help with stress reduction, cognitive function, and overall productivity.
The cognitive state of an employee is dependent on the work they do. Is the work engaging? Does the employee feel they are being challenged and set up to succeed? If an employee is beginning to feel detached or bored with their work, one-to-one meetings with managers can help address these issues.
Social connectivity is possibly the most difficult aspect of wellbeing to address, especially as many workplaces have pivoted to be online or hybrid. No matter what your company’s modality is, it’s important to keep teams connected. Scheduling at least one meeting a week with your team can help encourage employees to connect and enjoy social interaction.
If you’re a staffing company focused on creating connections between your agency and your job candidates, take advantage of mobile tools. At TempWorks, one such tool is Buzz, an employee engagement app that allows you to live chat with employees, assign job orders, and more. Technology can be a useful resource for helping employees to feel connected to your business, which can increase your retention.
Most senior leaders have demonstrated genuine interest in their employees’ wellbeing, and 76% of companies say organizational collaboration has improved since the pandemic. It’s important for team leaders to seriously consider workplace wellbeing if they want their teams to continue operating at peak performance. Caring for employee anxiety and stress levels, among other health factors, will help prevent reduction in productivity and collaboration.