When Employees Well-Being Becomes a Necessity, Well-Thought Out Constructive Strategies to Improve It is a Must

Companies eager to spend more on employee wellbeing

Have you ever encountered one of these situations – 

That one exemplary employee that everyone looks up to and can rely on delivering quality work at the last minute suddenly shows signs like she’s always late for meetings and does not pay attention to deadlines.

Your team scrambles to finish a big project without proper guidance because, frankly, your manager is super overwhelmed himself.

When such situations happen, everybody blames everything except the lack of attention and proper company policy to support their well-being.

The thing is, your company may pride itself on being a good employer. But even with the best intentions, your company could be hurting employees’ health and well-being because of how the work is organized.

The good news for managers is that it is more than feasible to redesign the work environment to support well-being and yield long-term benefits to the organization, such as improved job performance and lower levels of employee burnout. And the whole revamping process doesn’t have to be costly. 

Here are some approaches that you can start adopting to create a workplace that fosters employees’ health and well-being:

  1. Give workers more control over how they do their work.

Research indicates that having little discretion over how work gets done is associated not only with poorer mental health but also with higher rates of heart disease. Even relatively small changes in worker autonomy can make a difference in employee well-being. Give your team comprehensive training so you feel confident in giving them the autonomy to do tasks on their own, and they don’t feel like they’re under scrutiny, which is not good for their well-being and overall performance.

  1. Allow employees more flexibility about when and where they work.

Several studies have found that giving workers more choice or control over their work schedules improves their mental health. Create an environment where workers have control over when and where they do their work but still collaborate with their teammates to ensure needed coordination.

  1. Increase the stability of workers’ schedules.

Erratic and unpredictable schedules make it hard for employees to manage their personal lives and family responsibilities. Working in this environment can lead to poorer sleep quality and greater emotional distress for your team.

  1. Provide employees with opportunities to identify and solve workplace problems.

One study found that those who were invited to participate in a structured process of identifying and addressing problems in their workplace exhibited decreased rates of burnout and increased job satisfaction. Employees who had had opportunities to problem-solve together were also less likely to say they wanted to leave their jobs—a key benefit for organizations trying to retain valuable employees.

  1. Keep your organization adequately staffed so workloads are reasonable.

Research has found that high work demands — for instance, long hours or pressure to work very hard or fast — can substantially affect employee health and well-being. Staffing up to spread out the demands may seem costly, but employers also pay a real price when exhausted or ill employees burn out, are absent, or quit. Managers can change staffing in a targeted way; instead of hiring one more person in marketing to handle social media, employ a freelance content creator instead to help ease the workload for existing team members.

  1. Take steps to foster a sense of social belonging among employees.

Creating a work culture where employees can develop supportive relationships with their colleagues can be an important strategy for increasing worker well-being. Managers can help initiate weekly sharing sessions for their team, where people gather over lunch to share about the help they received from their colleagues and how they want to amplify that for the rest of the team.

Healthy employees, both physically and mentally, will benefit your company too. In the long run, companies that care about their employees’ health and well-being will be more likely to have employees who care about the company’s health and well-being, too. And that’s an outcome that we all want, correct?

Do you need our help creating a tailored well-being policy for your team or company? Book a free consultation here.

Andrea Ghea

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