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Wellbeing in the Workplace

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Wellbeing initiatives are fast becoming a major part of employee benefit packages and/or absentee management policies. By providing your employees with the tools they need to maintain their optimal levels of wellbeing you can have a direct effect on reducing the losses that your organisation may suffer due to absenteeism and also have a impact on tackling stress in the workplace. Not to mention the improvements in staff motivation and general workplace morale.

This short article will look at the three main areas that add up to affecting your employees wellbeing. These are health and fitness levels, nutritional standards and stress management.

Benefits of Focusing on Wellbeing

By helping your employees to improve their personal levels of wellbeing your organisation can expect the following benefits:-

  • improved productivity and performance
  • reduced staff turnover
  • reduced levels of absenteeism
  • reduced levels of stress
  • improved customer satisfaction
  • improved organisation reputation

Health and fitness in the workplace

The old saying healthy body healthy mind is very true when it comes to the workplace. Fit and active people tend to be more efficient and effective in the work place. Not to mention the reduced levels of absenteeism amongst healthier employees.

Providing employees with encouragement to maintain good levels of health and fitness can be done in a number of ways:-

  • · Work based wellbeing clinics – short sessions (effective sessions can be as short as 30 mins) where employees can meet with a wellbeing consultant. This time allows individual’s to discuss possible ways of improving their daily physical activity levels and general wellbeing.
  • · Wellbeing testing – many companies now offer their employees the option to have their personal levels of wellbeing assessed. These sessions normally consist of a range of fitness and wellbeing tests allowing individuals to identify areas in their own wellbeing that could be improved.
  • · Work based fitness classes – by providing a range of on site fitness and wellbeing classes at various times, employees can find it more time effective to attend fitness classes.
  • · Work based gym – larger organisations may consider the provision of a on site gym for use of their staff. These gyms range in size and level of service dependent on organisational resources.
  • · Corporate gym memberships – by taking out a corporate membership at a local gym, employees can make substantial savings on membership costs, at a small cost to the organisation.

Nutrition in the workplace

Nutritional standards have a vital role to play in an individuals overall wellbeing levels. By providing healthy options within the workplace an organisation can have a major impact on their employees wellbeing. This can be done by ensuring that snack, meal, and drink facilities include healthy options such as selections of fruit and the provision of easily accessible drinking water.

Larger organisations who have on site catering facilities may also wish to involve catering staff with the process of developing a more healthy workplace. Most people state the major barrier they face to healthy eating is that it is not convenient. So any interventions that you make within the workplace need to be convenient and accessible in order to be successful.

Stress management in the workplace

Stress levels within your organisation can be a major factor when trying to improve levels of workplace productivity via the implementation of a wellbeing policy. Stress is one of the biggest factors that account for employee absenteeism and loss of productivity.

The main problem within the workplace is that employees often do not have a get away point where they can take their minds off work for an all important break. Employees who tend to be un-contactable and can turn off from work during breaks tend to be more effective and efficient when back on the job.

One of the most effective and simplest strategies to have come out of many stress management programs is to turn your canteen or other staff areas into a no work zone. This means no work talk, no taking work into these designated areas, and most importantly no work calls.

Education is also a key element of effective stress management. From top to bottom employees need to be educated in identification of stress factors and coping strategies. Those in a managerial position should also be trained in the identification of stress indicators in their teams and how to manage stress in the workplace.

Conclusions

By implementing a thoroughly thought out wellbeing policy that covers the three main areas of health and fitness, nutrition and stress management your organisation could start to see massive rewards in terms of increased productivity and reduced losses due to absenteeism.

Look out for our new corporate wellbeing site launching next month!