Why companies should care about employees’ wellbeing

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There is no doubt that employee performance is crucial to company’s business results. Nevertheless, absenteeism, lack of interest and enthusiasm are frequently met at the workplace. And often personal wellbeing is simply overlooked – a big mistake since efficacy is closely related to team members’ welfare.  

The more comfortable, healthy, and happy employees are, the more secure and balanced they are at work. Better mental and physical health reflects on their work-related efforts.

However, improving employees’ wellbeing goes beyond decreasing work-related stress factors and situations. Often the case is that a person is feeling stressed out or down not because of a specific negative event, but rather because of the lack of positive ones.

If a team member considers their efforts pointless or meaningless, it is only natural that their productivity will decrease and affect their overall performance and deliverables.

Team leads should look into diverse ways of integrating positive experiences and morale-boosting events and hence help grow a positive attitude towards the work environment. According to some studies, implementing such strategies helps with preventing further negative experiences and reactions.

How to improve the organizational climate of your company?

Transparency, proper leadership, employee appreciation and recognition programs, and trustful decision making are one of the most effective ways to boost the morale at the office. Fostering employees to learn more about self-care and feel better about themselves, will also have impact on their overall performance.

  • Leadership

Task allocation and organization are the basics of a healthy work environment. Teams feel confident and secure when they know perfectly well what is expected of them and what goals they must meet to nurture results.

  • Employee engagement programs

People need to feel supported, valued, and that they belong. Otherwise, their dedication and interest will go down.  Improving the big picture – management and work policies, rather than fixing ad-hoc problems will have a long-term positive effect.

  • Decision-making and Transparency

An efficient and trustworthy decision-making process is crucial to employees’ feeling of empowerment by their choices and those of their leaders. With proper decision-making, a leader can anticipate and prevent possible negative experiences or approach and resolve them in time.

  • Self-care

Daily behaviors of people are critical to the whole experience of life, including how they feel about their work. Some organizations introduce self-care programs for employees such as psychological support, counselling and training. Even simple actions to help people enjoy life can make impact. The Melon Learning “Five Ways of Wellbeing” interactive online course is a good starting point to achieve high wellbeing.  

There is no one-size-fits-all set of measures to address employees’ well-being. Getting to know your teams is the first step. Understand the needs of your employees and then implement engagement strategies based on your findings. They will differ from company to company. Simply ask for feedback to make sure you are evolving fast enough to meet expectations and changing needs. Actively inquire what your teams think about your work environment. What they liked, and what they didn't. Did you meet their expectations, how and why? Take notes and adjust. It pays off.

We believe that companies that act immediately and remain flexible within the dynamic business environment are likely to keep and continue to build happy and healthy work environments that will lead to long-lasting relationships with their team members.

Be prepared that most actions to improve employee well-being will take time and effort. In our free interactive eCourse 5 Ways to Wellbeing” we have collected some simple yet effective ways to take the first steps. Register for free in our Melon Learning platform to check it.

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