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Employee well-being can be described as the key to business success because happy employees are productive employees. It’s important to remember that every employee is unique and has different needs, but there are some general guidelines you can follow to improve your employees’ mental health, no matter their circumstances. Here are six simple ways to increase employee well-being in your workplace. I am going to discuss the following points in this article:
1. At The Office
2. Talk about mental health
3. Allow flexible working
4. Work place physical activities
5. Don`t leave employees lonely
6. Let employees talk about themselves.
At The Office
Make sure you have a comfortable place for employees to relax and unwind. Whether it’s an inviting couch in your office, a ping-pong table, or just a sun-dried cheddar patio, make sure your workspace encourages everyone to take regular breaks throughout their day. The value of taking some time away from work each day can not be overstated; it helps your brain recover from stimulation, increases creativity, and makes people feel better overall. No one is better at creating serene environments than interior designers! Just think about how beautiful Starbucks stores are, with comfy chairs, strong Wi-Fi connections, and plenty of nooks where workers can congregate. Getting someone experienced with designing offices (or restaurants) will help give you a relaxing space to encourage productivity and relaxation. One important note: If every worker leaves their desk regularly, they won’t interrupt other workers who are trying to focus on getting things done; most workers want to be able to concentrate when they need to get something important done rather than having other co-workers around making small talk or asking for assistance all the time! Everyone needs dedicated space where they can go and focus without distraction...and putting that kind of space in your office should help you out quite a bit.
Talk About Mental Health
Though mental health has become a buzzword in popular culture, employees are still dealing with stigmas that prevent them from seeking treatment. Mental illness is often seen as a weakness. To combat these negative attitudes and improve worker wellness, employers can reach out to employees who may be struggling with issues related to depression or anxiety and discuss their concerns in a caring way. This approach can help break down stereotypes about mental health and demonstrate that problems such as depression aren’t something to be ashamed of—but rather an opportunity for compassion and support. Even though your company might not have official programs designed to promote employee wellness, don’t underestimate your role as a manager; taking steps toward destigmatizing depression and encouraging workers to take better care of themselves could save lives. If you’re worried an employee could be suffering from an undiagnosed mental health problem, suggest they consider attending therapy sessions. Many studies have found that therapy and medication work together synergistically to treat anxiety disorders more effectively than either would alone. Even if it's one step at a time you will get there.
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Allow Flexible Work
Flexible working is about being able to pick up a shift if needed or adjusting your hours based on whether you have childcare issues. It’s about having some control over your time and schedule so that you can balance work and life more easily. Studies show flexible working leads to happier employees, higher productivity, and lower turnover rates — all of which make your business better off too. Best practice: consider setting up a flex account where workers can pool their spare hours together and use them as they see fit. That might mean taking one day for a doctor’s appointment or spending extra time with family at home. The benefits? Employees get what they need, and your team makes sure it has enough staff to cover shifts when necessary. Allow two-way communication: Human resource professionals often handle all complaints from management down, leaving front line staff feeling disconnected from senior decision-makers who might be their main source of frustration — whether it's office politics or frustrating colleagues in other departments. By creating clear paths for communication at every level, businesses reap multiple rewards, including greater engagement with customers; allowing frontline staff (who often know things other people don't) to reach out will yield valuable insights into areas that need improvement without requiring HR intervention first.
Workplace Physical Activity
Take a walk around your building at lunch. You don’t have to do anything complex or anything that needs an additional expenditure of time or money. Just get up and walk around. It will help give you energy and reduce muscle pain from hours spent sitting down, which can be a real problem for people who work at desks all day long. This is good advice for anyone trying to lose weight—so if you aren’t exercising regularly, ask yourself why not, and set some easy to achieve goals. Your health depends on it! For those who are engaged in workplace physical activity, those brief spurts of movement throughout each day will pay off with better overall health. Even if you only add one session per week to your routine, incorporating regular exercise into your daily schedule is bound to result in lasting benefits. There isn’t any question as to whether or not physical activity is important: prolonged sedentary behavior has been linked with obesity and Type 2 diabetes—both conditions that come with high financial costs along with negative impacts on life expectancy and quality of life.
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Don`t Leave Employees Lonely
Think you don’t have time for lunch? Research suggests that taking five minutes of your lunch break to chat with a colleague can help decrease stress levels and improve job satisfaction. Make coffee with coworkers part of your weekly routine and get outside your comfort zone. You’ll be surprised by how much you benefit from those moments too.
Let Employees Talk About Themselves
Psychologists know that self-disclosure is an important aspect of building intimacy. People share more with those they feel close to, and those they feel close to wanting them to share more. Encourage employees to talk about themselves by asking questions such as: What are you doing outside of work? or Where did you grow up? This technique, known as self-disclosure training, can be a great way for your employees to build rapport and trust, which leads to increased engagement in their jobs.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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