6 Ways to reduce stress in the workplace
July 30 2018Read more
As a result of this, organisations of all shapes and sizes are looking to, or have already incorporated methods to create a healthier and happier work environment, placing employee wellbeing at the core of their business strategies.
Deciding on which activities or initiatives to incorporate into your workplace wellbeing programme involves some trial and error. Not only should you tailor wellbeing activities to fall in line with your business culture, you should also ensure that they are fun and interactive, in order to engage all employees. Below are seven ideas you could incorporate into your wellbeing agenda.
As an organisation, try avoiding snack food such as, crisps, sweets and chocolate bars, instead replace them with healthier alternatives that help boost energy and increase brain power. Examples include; fruits, nuts and vegetable crisp alternatives. This could be rolled out in both canteens and within social areas that include vending machines.
Knowledge is power when it comes to increasing employee wellbeing. Employers should consider displaying posters around the workplace covering a variety of topics, such as how to eat healthy, reducing the impact of stress and ways to lead a more balanced lifestyle. To make this interactive, encourage your employees to participate by suggesting or providing content for the posters.
Encourage employee feedback. It sounds simple, but sourcing feedback is something that employers often forget to do. It may seem that you are making positive strides by making changes to the office environment, but will they actually benefit your employees? Employee feedback will help you develop a more informed and targeted strategy to increase and support workplace health and wellbeing.
This can include a variety of initiatives from encouraging employees to take regular breaks from their desks and move around the office, to organising either in-house or external exercise classes including yoga and boot-camp work outs. For example, arranging sports teams will not only improve employees’ physical fitness, but will also improve their mental health through socialising and interacting with their colleagues outside of a work environment.
Many employees see their work environment as a place to grow and develop on both a professional and personal level. With this in mind, encouraging your employees to share their goals and aspirations on communal marker board can be a creative and collaborative way to create a healthier atmosphere.
Demonstrating that you value and appreciate the effort and contributions of your employees will help to improve workplace morale and encourage employees to feel more engaged and connected to the organisation and the work they do. This could include celebrating an employee’s work publicly, or handing out fun monthly awards such as ‘The Hammer & Nail Award’, celebrating those who always think of fixes and solutions. Another example is asking your senior members of staff to nominate an ‘Employee of the Month’ on a monthly basis.
There are few things more fulfilling than being able to transfer the success from your organisation into helping others. The positive emotions associated with getting involved within the local community and contributing towards positive change for a disadvantaged group or area, outweighs any material gain. Why not encourage your employees to participate in charity days or events, for example a food and clothing drive, fundraising fitness challenges or workplace fun days.
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