We’re taking a look at why 2023 should be the year you prioritise workplace wellbeing.
Wellbeing initiatives are not a one-size-fits-all approach, and there are diverse areas to consider. From your work culture to the environment, the optimum solution is one that identifies areas for improvement in your workplace. Hiring a wellness consultant or officer to take care of your policies and initiatives can help.
Boost employee resilience
HR professionals are increasingly focusing on nurturing employee wellbeing to develop workplace resilience. Effective management is crucial to prevent burnout. A recent report by Gallup suggests that the more engaged and supported an employee is, the more likely they are to demonstrate resilience. They are less likely to suffer from burnout – something that 76% of employees reported experiencing at some point in their job.
“When people feel inspired, motivated and supported in their work, they do more work — and that work is significantly less stressful on their overall health and wellbeing.”
Ben Wigert, Director of Research and Strategy, Workplace Management
Presenteeism refers to employees showing up to work even when they are unwell or have a lowered ability to focus or perform their role. This behaviour is often motivated by concerns about job security. Problems can arise when presenteeism leads to burn-out, absenteeism, reduced productivity or lower quality work.
What can you do to prevent presenteeism?
- Encourage a healthy work-life balance.
- Encourage employees to take their full lunch break.
- If possible, offer hybrid working opportunities – particularly where employees are struggling with their health.
- Support employees who are taking time off work for mental ill health or physical conditions.
Reduce absenteeism or ‘quiet quitting’
High absenteeism or turnover of employees can be a sign that employees feel overworked, unsupported or at worst – don’t feel their environment is safe. A high turnover can cost your business and disrupt the output of quality work. Focusing on wellbeing could help you improve employee retention.
Hire new and diverse talent
Conditions, such as neurodivergence, can be found in up to 15% of people in the UK. Accommodating your environment can help you retain and hire new talent. Sound masking can create an acoustically comfortable environment for all your employees. However, it can be particularly effective for neurodivergent people. This is because it reduces the impact of noise in the office on their ability to concentrate.
Help employees to feel more engaged
An employee is much more likely to go above and beyond if they feel supported by their employer. Focusing on wellbeing can help reduce disengagement and boost productivity.
In fact, 60 percent of employees say they’d feel more motivated and more likely to recommend their organisation as a good place to work if their employer took action
to support mental wellbeing.
Enquire about technology upgrades to enhance wellbeing in your workplace
Wellbeing is everyone’s responsibility, but when employers do their bit, they can get the best out of their employees and increase job satisfaction and mental wellbeing. Contact Remark Group to discuss our workplace wellbeing technology solutions. We’re leading installers of sound masking, video conferencing and digital signage.