Tips on how to improve employee wellbeing

Tips on how to improve employee wellbeing

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Employee wellbeing is essential to the smooth running of any organisation. Without it, your business could suffer from a lack of productivity, negative team morale, and a generally unhappy working atmosphere – not to mention an increase in absences.

To ensure your employees remain motivated, here are simple ways to improve your employees wellbeing:

Boost team relationships

Sometimes the key to a happy team comes down to whether they actually get along.

To encourage good working relationships, implement more team building exercises, informal meetings, and lunches/evenings out to bring the group together.

Not only will this support a more fun and sociable atmosphere, it will also mean everyone is able to get their ideas and opinions heard. After all, there may be some members of the team that wouldn’t usually get the opportunity to properly interact beyond brief small talk.

Allowing everyone a voice will be key to improving overall morale.

Dedicate more time to mindfulness

Employees could be able to cope better with stressful situations, just by incorporating a few simple techniques into their day-to-day. To ensure they’re not overworking, consider encouraging the following mindfulness boosting exercises:

Focusing on one task at a time

Switching off from digital devices a few times a day (lunch, at the very least)

Spending at least five minutes a day doing absolutely nothing (outside of working hours, of course)

By encouraging employees to take time out to become aware of themselves and their surroundings, it’s more likely that they’ll be able to keep any negativity in check.

Make posture top priority

Every job comes with work-related hazards, but some can be easily overlooked.

For example, if your profession involves spending a lot of time sat in one place, unnecessary slouching could actually affect your employees’ body and mind negatively. Similarly, if the job involves a lot of standing, walking, or lifting, failing to follow the correct procedures for each task, or employees taking on more than they should, could result in long term health issues.

Because of this, it’s absolutely vital to make sure all of your employees are doing their jobs with the correct health and safety measures in mind.

Whatever industry you’re in, improving posture amongst all employees could decrease depression and tiredness, and generally make everyone function more productively and more safely.

Recognise the good work

Although recognition might seem like an obvious wellbeing booster, it can often be overlooked. And, encouraging and supporting employees’ goals and aspirations (even the small ones) is vital to ensuring they stay motivated.

You could introduce a reward system for value-adding ideas, or identifying people that go the extra mile.

It could be done by providing tailored incentives for employees to work towards, or simply recognising when people have done a good job.

However you choose to do it, just make sure you actually follow through. It will make a big difference when it comes to team morale and drive.

Finding the problems

Sometimes negative employee happiness could be caused by underlying problems that might not be obvious without further digging.

If your business is experiencing a high level of absence, for example, you need to get to the root of the problem. Although it could be down to genuine reasons, it could also be because employees aren’t happy at work, they’re overworking, or aren’t being given the means to stay healthy in their job.

Whether the problems are causing lack of motivation, a poor standard of work, or a negative attitude, it’s always best to give employees the opportunity to share what may be bothering them, and offer them a solution.

From holding regular one-to-ones, to making sure all new procedures and systems are clear in ongoing meetings, it can all help to ensure employees are kept in the know, and their issues aren’t being ignored.