Undeniably, businesses thrive when their workforce is happy and healthy. Employee health and satisfaction usually translate into employees who are mentally focused and physically capable of performing at full speed and contributing to the company’s bottom line. Therefore, actively working towards improving employee wellness is not merely an emotionally intelligent move. As a matter of fact, it is also a strategic decision that more and more leaders are making. This guide is going to ensure that leaders know where to start from. After all, you reap what you sow.
Pets in the workplace
Studies have shown that the existence of pet-friendly work environments has had a positive effect on employee morale and productivity. In fact, there was notable improvement on stress management as well as a keener willingness to work with and trust other team members. Nevertheless, leaders should also be mindful of any health concerns or sensitivities to animals (allergies, phobias etc.) that some employees may have.
Flexible Schedules and Telework
Recognizing that not everyone can be fully productive in a 9-5 workday can be a tremendous time and money saver for companies. Offering the possibility for flexwork or telework is a wise move in this sense. Ultimately, being flexible about work schedule and location generally ensures that when and where an employee does work, they will be laser-focused on their tasks and thus, more high-performing.
Breaks at work
Offering employees the opportunity to take longer lunch breaks will not only allow them some time to unwind and recharge their batteries but they may also take advantage of the off time to work out, run some personal errands or meet a loved one; all of which contribute to fostering work-life balance and wellbeing. Similarly, there are immense benefits in giving teams a couple of days off in between important and/or complex projects as they will need some time to regroup before focusing all their energy on a new undertaking.
Volunteering at work
The altruistic benefits of volunteer work should not be overlooked. In fact, giving back to the community is not only gratifying on a personal level. It ultimately encourages employees to be proud of belonging in a corporate environment which is socially responsible and allows them to build more meaningful relationships both with each other and with the C-suite. This “feel-good” factor is, undoubtedly, the very essence of wellbeing.