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How to improve Well-being at Work
The well-being of employees in the workplace is an area which is rapidly growing in recognition and there is a need for employer well-being practices to address the psychological, as well as the physical, aspects of working life.
And and the impact this can have on an organisation and its employees.
Recent surveys have shown that just over one third of organisation have a formal well-being strategy or plan in place. A CIPD (2016) report found that over 90% of organisations who had implemented wellbeing into their wider people strategy found this to positive impact on their key organisational indicators.
Focusing on well-being benefits both the employee and the organisation can benefit greatly. Well-being at work can be improved through following some simple steps:
Good communication is always important in organisations and this will allow employees to feel able to openly discuss any professional and personal problems they may have.
Encouraging strong support networks within the workplace will help employees to address issues as they will not feel alone when tackling their problems.
Encourage all employees to communicate in other ways than just email. Ideally speaking face to face will help or even over the phone allows relationships and support networks to build.
Managers should set an example by encouraging and interacting with employees at every level to promote open communication.
Encourage a team/family culture and a spirit of “we are all in this together”.
These simple steps will work towards improving the health and well-being of employees which in turn will improve employee engagement, motivation, performance and absence levels. The average cost of sickness absence each year is £1500 per employee so some simple changes can save organisations money.
Another technique which is becoming more widely used is “the power of nudge”. Nudging takes place to everyone everyday without even noticing. For example, do you wait for the green man before crossing the road? Or do you follow instructions on signs or traffic lights when driving?
This happens to employees in the workplace everyday and organisations can encourage positive ‘nudges’ through simple changes like office layouts, fitness competitions and how food is displayed. Google reduced their employee calorie intake by 3 million in 7 weeks in their New York office just by swapping unhealthy snacks from clear boxes to coloured snacks. It’s not just new and forward thinking companies like Google, Twitter and Fitbit who are nudging staff in a healthier direction, even the UK Government is using the power of nudge technique to encourage its employees and the rest of the UK to make healthier decisions.