The importance of health and wellbeing in the workplace

Workplace wellbeing is a hot topic in HR departments all around the UK at the moment — and for good reason.

When we consider how much time we spend at work, it’s not surprising that the work environment and culture have a significant impact on our overall wellbeing and health.

Within HR, there are many different types of wellbeing. The broad term can cover anything from social and physical wellbeing to emotional and mental wellbeing. The term also includes personal development and values such as self-confidence and resilience, as well as job satisfaction and having a sense of purpose at work.

All of these aspects can affect staff performance. So, it’s essential to put measures in place to support your employees’ wellbeing and health.

How to promote mental health and wellbeing at work

These days, the best companies to work for are those that place a big focus on employee wellbeing. From staff benefits schemes to flexible working arrangements and initiatives that drive passion and purpose at work, there are numerous ways you can foster wellbeing in the workplace.

Benefits schemes

An employee benefits scheme can take many different forms and vary depending on the provider.

If managed internally, the scheme could be made up of a standard package offered to all your employees or a salary sacrifice scheme. This is a tax-efficient way of accessing benefits and is often used to cover things like train season tickets, childcare vouchers or a company car.

Alternatively, you could pay for a flexible package from an external provider such as Perkbox. Staff can then switch between benefits and choose which ones they want or get discounts from different suppliers.

Benefits can include anything from on-site fitness classes, subsidised gym memberships and travel insurance to discount cinema tickets, shopping vouchers and free weekly coffees.

Flexible approach to work

When it comes to creating a healthy work-life balance for staff members, senior leaders and managers should act as role models and consider the different types of flexible working solutions available.

For example, you might limit office hours or offer flexible working hours and the option to work from home when needed. You should also discourage employees from working at weekends and encourage staff to take their full lunch breaks and annual leave entitlement.

Finding meaning and purpose at work

Unrealistic deadlines, unmanageable workloads, difficult interpersonal relationships and poor communication can all be a significant cause of stress in the workplace.

Employees want to feel valued and that there is a purpose to their work. If they feel excluded from key conversations and company information, unable to feed their views upwards or incapable of doing their job to the best of their ability, engagement and wellbeing will suffer.

To make the workplace a mutually supportive environment where employees thrive, you should take action to encourage positive two-way communication, teamwork, information sharing, collaboration and regular social events.

Why promote health and wellbeing?

Smart employers know that businesses perform better when staff are focused, motivated and healthy.

Time and again, research has shown that employees with high wellbeing levels are more engaged, committed to the organisation’s goals and in better shape to do their jobs well.

The benefits of flexible working for both employees and employers are well documented, too. A poor work-life balance can quickly lead to burnout and reduced levels of productivity. But flexible working supports healthier and more productive ways of working for all staff.

Employers will then benefit from increased morale, commitment and productivity in the workplace, as well as reduced sickness absence. Happy staff members are also more likely to offer better customer or client experiences.

Plus, organisations that look after their staff well are much more attractive to potential candidates — meaning you’ll get the pick of the best talent!

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