Let’s face it, most people spend the majority of their waking time at work. Stress, long hours of staring at the screen, tough targets, and a poor work-life balance can have a huge effect on people’s physical and mental health. Thus, it’s crucial for companies to take staff wellbeing seriously. Furthermore, research has shown that happy and healthy employees improve overall team productivity. So how can businesses promote wellbeing in the workplace effectively?
Here are some ideas for you to get started:
1, Create a productive environment
Design an area with seating and tables where staff can gather and collaborate with each other is a good idea. You should also install some good lighting, colors, and plants to prevent fatigue and make the office more inspiring.
2, Encourage staff to exercise
You can encourage staff to walk or bike to work. Encouraging them to take walks around the building during breaks is also a good idea. Another way to motivate employees to exercise is to give them discounts to a local gym. This will also let people socialize outside of work as well.
3, Provide healthy office snacks
Instead of having soft drinks and sugar-loaded snacks in the office fridge and pantry, you can offer baskets of fresh fruit and healthy snacks. This will encourage employees to eat healthier and improve their productivity.
4, Share healthy meals photos, and recipes
You can share healthy meal photos and recipe ideas to your team through the company group chat or emails to encourage staff to eat healthily. This will also build team spirit and give them inspirations to diversify their meals.
5, Encourage communication
The communication of wellbeing needs at work is important but often overlooked. Many people feel uncomfortable about talking about how they feel about work and ashamed to show that they need support.
Communication is the key to receiving help and solving the problem. Employers are responsible for supporting staff wellbeing, but they need to know the situation to do it. Therefore, if you encourage these conversations (e.g. offer one-to-one sessions), you can be more aware of what employees go through and how to improve it. This will also improve openness in the workplace and cultivate a company culture of acceptance.
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