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5 Must-Know Ways to Boost Employee Wellbeing in Tough Times

5 Must-Know Ways to Boost Employee Wellbeing in Tough Times

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Are you trying to figure out the best way to boost employee wellbeing? Read this article to learn how to help employees when times are tough.

 

In the wake of coronavirus, companies are trying to find new ways to boost wellbeing in the workplace. Yet it’s not just contagious viruses they need to deal with.

61 percent of employees report feeling burned out by their job. Stress, fatigue, and anxiety are reaching epidemic proportions.

Wellness schemes can and should extend beyond company gym memberships or fruit in the office kitchen. It should be at the heart of what a company is.

Are you trying to boost employee wellbeing in these tough times? Read on to learn more.

  1. Encourage a Collaborative Culture

People hate feeling micromanaged. It implies managers don’t trust them to do their jobs. This erodes any sense of wellbeing or desire to do the job well.

Show your employees you want to work with them. Not against them.

Forge a vision statement with your employees to reflect on the culture you want to create as a group. Co-create this with them to get better buy-in.

Employees are far more likely to embody and reflect brand values they helped define. It gives them something to invest in and they won’t resist something they helped create.

  1. Allow More Flexible Working

The global lockdown proved that workers can handle remote working. In fact, they welcome it.

It won’t suit all your employees. Yet for those who enjoy remote work, allow them to work in a flexible way that suits their preferences.

Extend this same flexibility to parents. They may need to fit working hours around taking children to school. Allow them to start their working day later, or pick up hours to suit them.

Not everyone is designed to work at their best between 9 am and 5 pm. Let early birds and night owls work to suit their body clocks.

  1. Put Thought Into Your Floor Plan

Let’s face it, no one likes working in cubicles. Yet few people like working in open-plan offices. When firms switch to open-plan layouts, face-to-face encounters can drop by 70 percent.

Take this into account when you design your office floor plan. Look at how staff move around the office and create a layout that encourages flow.

Breakout spaces for brainstorming sessions are a great way to foster collaborative working. Recreational spaces may seem frivolous but many employees get their best ideas when they’re not chained to a desk.

  1. Focus on Health as Part of Employee Wellbeing

Health and wellbeing in the workplace will be huge concerns in a post-COVID world. You’ll need to consider new ways of working, such as remote working.

Yet what can you do with your existing offices to boost workplace wellbeing? Start with natural light. Humans are wired to respond well to daylight.

See if you can improve the view. Employee productivity can rise by up to 12 percent if staff can see nature. That may mean bringing more plants into the office.

Offer yoga classes and encourage more movement throughout the day. Partner with organizations that share your vision.

For example, 15,000 organizations use LifeWorks to provide support for employees.

  1. Move Away From the ‘Stay Late’ Culture

You can create an employee wellbeing program but it means nothing if you don’t address workplace stress. No amount of free massages can overcome the epidemic of staff working longer hours.

Stop rewarding employees who come in early and stay late. If they can’t handle their workload during working hours, have a meeting with them. Find out what’s troubling them.

Redistribute the work across their team. You’ll get far better work out of employees who aren’t stressed. They can perform at their best⁠—which is why you hired them.

Treat Your Employees With Respect

Social media was awash with tales of employer apathy and cruelty during the pandemic. Not only did it reflect poorly on the brands, it also showed the need for employee wellbeing on a mass scale.

Put simply, those companies that embrace wellbeing as a core part of how they function do well. It doesn’t need to be hard. It just needs to be done.

Keen to run a 21st century-proof enterprise? Check out our business articles for more tips and advice.

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