8 ways to improve wellbeing in the workplace
Wellbeing among employees is important for improving morale and productivity. So how do you ensure you have a happy and healthy workforce?
1. Create a positive culture
Ensure your employees know they are valued. A key factor in wellbeing is job satisfaction. Encouraging staff to recognise the efforts of their co-workers helps individuals feel valued and satisfied in their roles. Giving employees a physical reward, such as donuts on a Friday, or verbal reward, such as a thanks will give them the confidence and motivation to keep up their hard work, too.
2. Bring the outdoors in
If possible, ensure your office space features large windows. If this isn’t possible, invest in plants. Workers who have outside views are likely to be up to 25% more productive and process calls 12% faster, according to World Green Building Council research, while having plants dotted around the place clears pollutants from the air and improves mood and focus.
3. Inject some colour
Certain colours stimulate certain moods. Yellow gets the creative juices flowing, green reduces stress and creates calmness and blue promotes focus. Depending on the function of your business, and what you want from your employees, it’s worth investing in some paint or accessories in the relevant hue.
4. Encourage workers to get active
According to the British Council for Offices, 45% of workers complain that they have a stressful journey to work. Encouraging employees to walk or bike means not only are they less stressed due to traffic, they get a boost of exercise-induced happy hormones before the working day even begins. If possible, install cycle racks, a shower, changing room and lockers, consider having a gym on-site or offer staff a discounted membership to a nearby gym.
5. Provide healthy snacks
By having a healthy café on site, a juice bar or free fruit you’ll be inspiring employees to eat well, which in turn will help keep their brains and bodies awake and alert.
6. Offer flexible working hours
Working nine to five, and only ever in the office, is a thing of the past for many people. Thanks to technology, people are increasingly getting their work done away from the office and at all times of the day and night. Consider offering flexible working hours and the ability to work from home, and on the move, in a bid to increase productivity.
7. Provide support for mental health
There are several different steps that employers can take to provide support around mental health. It’s important for employers to provide their staff with the right training and education around mental health issues, both to reduce the stigma attached to it, but also to provide team members with the tools to deal with it. This can range from simple awareness raising initiatives to teaching managers how to recognise and deal with symptoms. We work with Health Assured, an award-winning Employee Assistance Programme, it supports staff with health and wellbeing information, stress at home or at work, financial issues and family and relationship matters.
8. Rethink the desk set-up
Wellbeing is becoming an essential aspect of office furniture design for a reason. Workers sit for an average of 8.9 hours a day, according to the Get Britain Standing campaign. This can cause health issues such as soreness, back problems, and a disruption to blood sugar levels. To help with this, you can give staff the option to use standing or adjustable desks, sit-stand stools or chairs, and balance boards, which are also reported to increase focus.