Wellbeing in the workplace
Wellbeing in the workplace is essential to the success of your business. If your employees are unhappy they will be less productive, less engaged, take more time off sick and ultimately cost you money. In the U.S. unhappy workers cost up to $550 billion every year. It is estimated that 137.3 million days were lost in the UK in 2016 due to sickness or injury.
On the flipside, happy employees are more engaged, more productive, take less time off work and will make you more money. They will give your customers a better service, which means those customers will keep coming back and recommend you to others. Having a wellbeing in the workplace policy will contribute to the happiness of your employees and will also help you achieve corporate social responsibility (CSR). At the Happiness Club we offer daily morning motivation sessions and weekly Happiness workshops to help ensure your employees are happy. In this blog post we share our tips for wellbeing in the workplace.
Encourage break times
Breaks will help your employees be more focused and more productive. Encourage your employees to have breaks away from their desk and computer. Time could be spent eating, walking, reading, socialising with colleagues and more. You could even organise a weekly walk or run.
Employ flexible working practices. Allow people to work from home one or two days per week, or even fulltime. You could offer flexitime to help employees achieve a work life balance.
Foster a culture of trust
Cultivate an environment where employees feel safe to be completely honest and take ownership, even when they’ve made a mistake. Lead by example and let employees know when your company is facing challenges. Not only will this inspire your employees to be honest, it will also mean they have greater respect for you as a leader. Ask for your employees buy in to help face the challenges.
Ensure you are authentic and not just paying lip service to your wellbeing in the workplace policy. If your people feel you’re being disingenuous this can ve counterproductive.
Spend the first thirty minutes of the day communicating with your employees and increase their motivation. Keep them abreast of any news. Spend some time doing a mediation exercise; mindfulness is particularly helpful. Headspace have a great mindfulness meditation app. This time could also be used to encourage goal setting for the day and you could do a visualisation exercise where your employees visualise achieving those goals.
Your employees will feel more engaged if they have a clear career path. Have regular appraisals to set and review goals.
At Happiness Club we understand the importance of having happy employees. Contact us to book your daily morning motivation sessions or weekly Happiness workshops. Call 01473 808154 / 07891 746753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.