Importance of Employee Wellbeing
Employee wellbeing is central to any company’s success. Not only will it have a direct impact on recruitment and retention but it will also have a positive influence on the business’s productivity and ultimately profit levels.
Employee wellbeing encompasses several areas and includes how content someone is in their job, through to personal issues which may have an influence on performance. Here we look at the key areas which can have a direct effect on the happiness of your staff.
Ensuring your staff are a good fit for the role and have everything they need to carry out their work is of primary importance. It’s also vital for staff members to feel that their existing skills are being made use of and to offer further training where needed.
People like to feel they are being rewarded for their job and while remuneration can be a big part of this, it is often not the salary alone which is all important but where that person’s pay level fits within the business.
Appraisals are important so that staff know where they stand and where improvements can be made. It’s also a good way to keep the lines of communication open as staff who feel they are heard, have higher levels of job satisfaction. Appraisals are often a good opportunity to offer positive feedback so employees recognise that their work holds value within the organisation.
Important to any employee is a sense of fairness within the business. Your staff need to know not only are they being treated fairly, but so too are their colleagues. Staff should not have to contend with behaviours such as bullying from other employees, managers or clients and strong policies and procedures should be put in place to prevent this and to deal with it quickly should it occur.
A safe, comfortable and welcoming environment will be high on every worker’s wish list. Ensuring you comply with Health & Safety Regulations is the first step, but there are also several other ways you can make improvements to the workplace. Equipment that staff need to perform their jobs should be readily accessible; the temperature should be balanced, neither too hot nor too cold; and if you can offer breakout areas where staff can have coffee and get to know each other, this can increase an atmosphere of camaraderie.
Employee wellbeing also takes into account the mental and physical health of your staff. If you offer Private Medical Insurance as an employee benefit, this will often include confidential telephone counselling for any staff members who are going through personal issues. It’s also important to foster an environment of openness so that employees feel able to speak to their manager or a member of the HR department if they are experiencing difficulties outside the workplace.
If you can offer a discount on gym membership, this can be a boost to your employees’ physical health as can providing access to healthy snacks and chilled water. For those staff members who are looking to give up smoking it’s important to enter a dialogue with them on the options available and provide support where possible. For example, being open about alternatives to smoking such as nicotine patches, e-cigarettes or access to a local NHS smoking cessation clinic can be a good place to start. Furthermore, the use of e-cigarettes in the workplace is currently a grey area, however, they’re more socially acceptable and are safer to use than cigarettes themselves.
To foster employee wellbeing it’s important to recognize that each individual has a part to play. Therefore, training for new managers will be vital if you want to ensure your employees have a positive experience from the induction stage onwards. While this may entail some upfront time investment, it will reap rewards in terms of your ongoing business success.