A company’s most valuable asset? Its employees, of course.
An employee’s most important asset? Their health and well-being.
Are you a company that thinks investing in their employees’ well-being is a waste of time and money? Then you probably have never calculated the cost of sick leave due to causes like anxiety, depression, or burnout. Or the costs of hiring and training new people because your staff keep leaving for better jobs.
We spend a lot of our time in the workplace – up to 40+ hours a week. If you aren’t taking a proactive approach towards workplace health and wellbeing, then your people are more likely to be unhealthy, unhappy, and unmotivated and you need to address this.
By failing to establish a culture that encourages and promotes positive wellbeing you are failing your workforce. Not looking after the wellbeing of your employees can contribute to higher staff turnover, and also makes your organisation less attractive to the next generation, who often value happiness over salary and benefits.
Building your wellbeing strategy should be just as important as building your brand and developing your products and services.
What is employee wellbeing?
Employee wellbeing incorporates all aspects of wellbeing, rather than just taking care of employees when they are sick. Instead, wellbeing at work is about optimising both mental and physical health, giving your staff a more well-rounded and happier lifestyle.
What are the benefits of Employee wellbeing?
There’s lots of different ways that effective work wellbeing can offer great benefits to your employees. These include:
- Improved focus at work
- Reduce stress
- Increased job satisfaction and positive outlook
- Physically healthier and improved general wellbeing
- Better relationships with colleagues and managers
Benefits to your organisation include:
- Higher levels of performance and increased productivity
- Reduced absenteeism and presenteeism
- Less sickness absence
- Attract and retain top talent
- Be seen as a great place to work
By improving the health and wellbeing of your people, you’re not only improving their quality of life but you’re helping to create a more motivated, engaged and high performing workforce – resulting in greater organisational success.
How do you improve workplace wellbeing?
- Improve the focus on mental wellbeing
Taking care of your employees’ mental health is essential for looking after your staff. People often feel ashamed to talk about their experience of mental health as some people continue to consider it as less important than physical health, so it’s essential your employees know you understand the difficulties people face.
- Help employees work towards long-term goals
Helping employees develop their careers and achieve their goals is a key way of encouraging mental wellbeing and ensuring that staff feel satisfied with their job. In fact, 94% of workers say they would stay at their company longer if they invested more in their career.
- Arrange regular get-togethers
Healthy relationships with colleagues are incredibly important for wellbeing.
- Create a comfortable work environment
Our environments greatly affect our wellbeing, so creating a pleasant and comfortable work environment for your employees will improve their physical and mental health. Sit-stand desks, healthy food and drink options, ergonomic seating, and wellness or social spaces are just some of the ways you can improve the workplace environment.
- Arrange wellbeing workshops
Holding workshops on mindfulness, stress management, yoga, stretching meditation or other techniques can not only help relieve stress, but also introduce employees to new ideas and activities they may enjoy.
At Good Stretch we offer wellbeing sessions like stretching, yoga, meditation for businesses of all types, sizes and budgets. Find out more about how to begin working on your strategy and get in touch with our friendly team to talk more about our solutions.