As an organization, you need to make sure that you recognize that your employees are humans first and not just assets or numbers. Furthermore, you need to make sure your employees also recognize that fact.
According to IBM (2020), only 46% of employees said their company supports their physical and emotional health. On the other hand, 80% of executives believe their company is supportive. This is a dangerous discrepancy which can affect not just your employees but the organization as a whole.
One of the reasons why is that, according to Champion Health, 58% of employees reported some form of stress while working and 35% of employees say that the stress they experience at work is negatively impacting them. Furthermore, poor mental health is also cited as a factor that hurts productivity for 20% of employees in the study.
To alleviate this, it is a good idea to promote employee wellbeing in the workplace. This can be done through a variety of ways which will be discussed in this blog!
Ensure your employees feel welcome and part of the team
Employee wellbeing is interlinked with the employee experience which starts even before day one. Ensure that you instill them with the feeling that they are welcome at your organization and empowered in their role. This can help them because starting a new job can be a stressful time filled with nerves and anxiety.
Creating a sense of empowerment starts at the moment you get a new hire, specifically, with a good preboarding experience. Good preboarding can help new hires’ wellbeing in many ways. For example, it can help them relieve first-day nerves by clearing all their doubts or by providing them with all the information they need even before the first day of work.
Furthermore, great onboarding experiences can set the tone for the future of your new hires as well as your organization as a whole. By setting the tone early, you allow new hires to create a close-knit network of support which can help them alleviate stress and maintain their wellbeing throughout their time in your organization (SHRM, 2010). By focusing on good pre- and onboarding you can subtly promote employee wellbeing in your organization which can have a positive impact on the workplace.
Have fun together as a team
Work hard, play hard is a motto many people go by which can help with employee wellbeing. 53% of adults feel better about themselves after exercising and 30% say that it lowers their stress levels (APA, 2013).
That’s why after a long day or week of work, consider setting up fun or sporty activities with your team to not only promote employee wellbeing but to form better connections with them.
For example, at Appical we have our very own FCA (Fun Committee Appical) which was created by some of our colleagues to do as the name says, have some fun. We organize a range of activities such as sports like Padel or cool activities like bowling or cocktail challenges!
Give your employees freedom and flexibility
Getting work done is obviously important but don’t forget to give employees some breathing room. Allow them to do their work at their own pace and minimize any last minute requests from them.
Another important aspect is giving your employees the freedom and flexibility to work from home or the office. Some people are more productive and comfortable while working from home and vice versa. 73% of employees want flexible remote work options to stay (Microsoft, 2021). Therefore, creating and maintaining a hybrid workplace is crucial.
If you're interested in reading more on this topic, we advice you to take a look at our infographic: How promoting work-life balance can help your organization.
Employees are people first and foremost. So, don’t forget to consider how your employees are feeling because you need them as much as they need you. Because their health is your organization’s health and your organization’s success is their success.