Support your teams’ health and wellbeing at work with these simple initiatives that will help your workplace culture thrive.
Health and wellbeing at work put simply is just about ensuring your employees are safe, healthy, satisfied and engaged with their work. It, therefore, makes sense that having a healthy workforce will in turn help increase productivity, reduce sick days and will support a positive workplace culture you can be proud of. As an office manager or facilities manager, part of your responsibility is to support your team in feeling happy at work.
Supporting your team can help to attract and keep talent. In fact, research shows that 86% of employees believe their employer is responsible for their health and wellbeing. 62% say the support they receive makes them less likely to move elsewhere.
However, work stress is actually on the rise in the UK and in 2020, a staggering 79% of us commonly experience work-related stress. This is up from 2018 when 59% of us commonly experienced work-related stress. Undoubtedly, some of this increase was due to the impact of COVID, lockdowns and quarantines. However, work-related stress is still the highest type of stress felt by us Brits. So what can you do as an employee to help?
Agile and flexible working
These approaches both gained traction during lockdowns as businesses realised that people can successfully work from home or remotely. The physical office will always have its place in business but more and more people now expect the flexibility to work remotely if required. This may look like a split between working from home some days and includes a less rigid structure in working hours to fit around your team. This flexibility empowers your team and it’s an effective management approach that’s built on trust.
People enjoy a pat on the back for their achievements so if you’re in a management position be sure to recognise your team’s success. Positively recognising your team helps them feel valued, boosts wellbeing, supports engagement and increases productivity. In a survey, 79% of employees say recognition makes them work harder. 78% say recognition also makes them more productive.
Perks at work
82% of UK workers said that they’d like have liked their employers to use the pandemic as a catalyst to revamp employee perks and benefits. 71% of UK workers value office drinks, travel schemes and flexi-hours over pensions, reflecting a major shift in priorities.
Other simple things like employee discounts, gym memberships and rewards all help to show your team you support and value them. Other research revealed that 75% of employees agree that having a high-quality coffee experience also shows that their employer cares. Coffee is an easy win to help support your workplace culture and helps to keep your team happy and hydrated.
A study from LinkedIn found that 46% of professionals believe that work friends are important to their overall happiness. In another study, 70% of people said that friends at work are the most crucial element to a happy working life. Just some ways that employees can do this are by:
- encouraging team activities
- arranging away days with team building activities
- creating Slack channels or WhatsApp groups
- allowing regular coffee breaks and a full lunch hour where people can socialise.
Healthy work-life balance
It’s very easy to end up working through lunch, staying late or end up working in the evenings or at weekends but this can ultimately lead to burnout. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential for people’s mental and physical health and helps to keep your business running smoothly. As a manager, you should lead from the front and encourage your team to take regular breaks. Also to regularly review workloads and have open lines of communication so if people are struggling, they can ask for help.
There are lots of other ways to support your workforce to maintain a healthy work-life balance with lots of great resources online. Mind offers some helpful guidance on how to be mentally healthy at work. If you are looking to provide your team with a quality coffee experience, we can help with that! Just get in touch with us or check out our coffee machines.