The Importance of Employee Wellness
Most corporate and office workers spend two thirds of their waking hours at work. This means that the workplace has a significant impact on their health. The most successful companies realise the fact that people are their biggest asset in achieving success, and that they need to contribute to the happiness and health of their staff. This means much more than merely preventing illness, injuries and accidents in the workplace. To get the most out of your team, you need to actively promote employee wellness. Once you manage to do this, you will notice a number of exceptional benefits. We take a look at some of the advantages a business can expect when it focuses on wellness:
We have all had those days – you are at work, but you are not really working. Or even if you are, you know you are not working at full capacity. This is not because of laziness, but simply because we are human and cannot always function at full speed, especially when we are not feeling 100%. By focusing on employee wellness, you can support your team to be at their best. And, if they feel you care about them, they are bound to care much more about your business.
We all deserve the opportunity to rest when we are under the weather. However, employee wellness initiatives can help alleviate this burden by prioritising the wellbeing of staff. Stress is one of the most common causes of illness amongst the working class, and it is thus no wonder that many wellness programmes focus on the alleviation of work stress. Why? Because it is a proven fact that employees who can control their stress levels have lower absenteeism.
Engage and Excite Employees
As mentioned, successful initiatives can help employees to feel cherished and important. Staff members who feel that they have a purpose and that their expertise is valued are more likely to go the extra mile at work and to engage with work projects more readily.
Reduce Staff Turnover
People leave organisations because they want more money, because they move to another region, or because they take a step forward in their career. But most often, whatever the given reason is, it is also fuelled by unhappiness or dissatisfaction in their current position. Employees who feel valued are more likely to be content with their work situation, and less likely to feel the need to start looking for other opportunities.
Attract Top Talent
This goes hand in hand with the previous point. When people are happy with their work conditions, word spreads. Everybody wants to work for a good employer. Employee wellness initiatives can help you create such a positive environment, making it more likely that top candidates will avail themselves to opportunities that arise within your company.
There are many different ways to approach and ensure employee wellness. To find out what would work best for your business, talk to one of the experts at FWA Organisational Development. We have almost four decades worth of experience in helping organisations maximise their potential, and we can help you unlock success.