Sometimes people say they work best under pressure and stress. Well, that might be because it’s the only type of work they know. The days of taking pride in being overworked and burnt out are being put behind us. Business are focusing on ensuring their employees are taking care of themselves physically and mentally. Human relations theory states that higher employee wellbeing is associated with higher morale, which leads to higher productivity.
If employees are burnt out and never have personal time, motivation and productivity disappear. In fact, well-being is linked to higher levels of productivity. Not only that, without any type of wellness activities, overall health can take a hit. Well-being programs used to be considered ‘silly’ in the workplace, but they’re becoming more popular by the day. Let’s look at some of the reasons why incorporating a well-being program into your workplace will help you and your employees.
Physical wellness starts with a healthy lifestyle. An employee’s physical wellness impacts their overall wellbeing. If they aren’t practicing good physical health habits, odds are their well-being is not great. You cannot, of course, force employees to exercise and eat a proper diet, but there are ways to promote a healthy physical lifestyle in the workplace.
For example, instead of vending machines full of junk food like chips, offer fresh alternatives. Eating junk all day isn’t good for anybody, but sometimes it’s the only option available. Getting machines that distribute healthier options is a great start.
Physical movement in the workplace is also important. You don’t have to get crazy here, even walking it said to boost creative thinking by 60%. When forming employee benefit packages, offering gym memberships is becoming increasingly popular. It motivates employees, and bonus points if the gym is located on the work campus. When employees feel good, they’re more likely to be motivated to work and be productive.
Another part of employee wellbeing to consider is how they feel socially in the workplace. It’s important for employees to feel like they belong. If they don’t feel comfortable in the workplace or don’t get along with their coworkers, they probably won’t be motivated to do be productive. Nobody likes feeling like they don’t fit in at work.
You don’t have to love everyone you work with, but employees with friends at work are more likely to be engaged with work and less likely to up and quit. Employees who feel like outsiders or are lonely at work tend to be less productive and more likely to find another job. Having employees quit left and right because of loneliness at work can cost employers up to £20 million in absences and quitting.
To avoid this and help employees build relationships with each other, companies can implement wellness programs that bring employees together. Coordinating a company retreat and other out of office activities gives people a chance to get to know each other outside the office and cultivate friendships. Having community rooms in the office for breaks
If your team is remote, virtual happy hour or coffee dates can promote social wellness even with digital barriers. This is especially important if you have in office and remote employees. It’s very easy for remote employees to feel left out of the loop. An inclusive workplace that promotes social wellness will be one with happy and productive employees.
Not sure how your employees are feeling? Send out an anonymous survey to get feedback. That should help you figure out what type of wellness plan will work for you and your employees.
The wellbeing of your employees should come first. If you want employees to stick around and provide excellent work, they must be happy and healthy. Gone are the days of pushing your employees to the point of exhaustion. Wellness plans are in, and they are here to stay.
Creating a survey to figure out what needs are most important to your employees is a great place to start. Once you pinpoint problem areas, begin to plan. Incorporating physical wellness into the workday with walking meetings and healthy options to eat promotes health habits to keep employees taking care of themselves during the day.
Social and mental wellbeing are just as important as physical health. Ensuring your employees are building relationships with each other and that no one feels lonely or like an outcast will help you keep employees on staff. Try implementing a wellness plan today to start helping your employees!