“When you put people first and then surround them with processes and disciplines that recognize their efforts, performance will soar.” – David C. Novak
Since work is such a huge part of what defines an employee’s life, it has a big impact on their health and well-being. Every business, therefore, has the responsibility to create a work environment that allows them to feel happy, safe, and at home.
This not only impacts their health but also your business because an employee’s well-being affects their productivity. So, taking good care of your employees comes back to you through the way they work diligently and these are 4 ways to promote well-being among employees to ensure this.
Hand over the reins
Although the dynamic between employer and employee typically means the former has more power and control over the latter, it’s good to let employees have a measure of autonomy.
Showing employees that level of trust encourages them to be more confident in their work and enjoy it; as opposed to micromanaging their every move, which will make them miserable instead.
Give them a reasonable workload
Work can easily get stressful if it’s too much with an impossible deadline. Burnout often results from that, leading to misery and lack of productivity in the workplace. To prevent that, make sure you assign a reasonable amount of work to your employees with enough time to do it.
A good way to do this is by breaking the work up into small, manageable tasks. Completing those will boost their confidence in a way that makes them enjoy their work and look forward to spending time there.
Design wellness programs
As more businesses strive to improve working conditions for their employees, certain initiatives like wellness programs are becoming increasingly popular. These programs massively contribute towards employee well-being, giving them a fun, healthy way to refresh.
Some examples of wellness initiatives you can introduce in your workplace are on-site fitness centers, healthy lunch and snack options, community service activities, as well as team-building exercises. You could also send them a ‘Hiking & Workouts’ gift card where they can choose from leading brands for sportswear or active gear.
Create a comfortable working environment
One of the most important things for promoting employee well-being is ensuring they’re comfortable at work. This includes both mentally and physically and involves various adjustments you can easily make.
For the mental health aspect, you can encourage employees to take breaks during the workday so they have time to rest and recharge in between carrying out their assigned tasks. The physical part mostly involves ensuring physical comfort through things like ergonomic furniture such as standing desks, climate control, access to refreshments and anything else that guarantees employees are comfortable throughout the day.
“Everyone talks about building a relationship with your customer. I think you build one with your employees first.” – Angela Ahrendts