Encouraging employees to lead a healthier lifestyle through their health and wellbeing creates a motivated, more productive, engaged workforce which all equate to business success. Although, the current global situation the world is in with COVID-19 means thousands of employees are working from home and / or are furloughed. This makes caring for employees a little harder since you can’t actually see them to speak to them (besides a quick Zoom call!).
The global pandemic has caused both a physical and mental strain on our employee’s health and wellbeing but equally, may have caused a financial strain on your business. So, what can you do?
We’ve put a list of 6 low-budget ideas together to help you support your staff:
- Adapt your culture
Look at your company values, do they include the wellbeing of your staff? Happy employees are the foundation of a successful business, achieving increased productivity and profitability through motivated staff. Having a company culture that’s centred around employee wellbeing and positivity is a great starting point in improving employee health and wellbeing.
Whilst many health cash plans come at a cost to the employer, some providers offer a voluntary plan. Voluntary plans allow employees to simply apply and choose the level of cover they want, depending on how much they want to pay. This means you’re able to offer amazing healthcare benefits to your staff without the additional cost to your business.
- Raise the profile of mental health
For so many, mental health is something we hear about but don’t necessarily register as a problem with ourselves. But Mind Charity reports that one in four people suffer from mental health challenges, whether it be anxiety, stress, depression etc. Especially in today’s current climate with COVID-19 and working from home, the mental health of staff could be at risk.
A great way to show your support is to appoint mental health first aiders within the business for your employees to go to, work-related or not, when they need someone to talk to. Invest in putting a small number of people through a mental health first aid course to show the rest of your workforce that they have a dedicated point of contact.
- Reassure staff you understand what they might be going through
Simply show that you understand. With employees working from home, you should consider that not everyone is going to have a quiet space to sit and work. Many of your employees will have children or need to care for other relatives, in which case, show them you understand by offering a flexible-working solution. Work with your staff to find a schedule that allows them to achieve a better work-life balance.
- Encourage employees to take their annual leave
Whilst many holidays will have been cancelled this year, you should make it clear to your employees how important it is for them to take some time out. Everybody needs a break from work at some point!
- Set up 1-1s
Setting time aside to sit with employees and acknowledge their personal development is a great way to support workplace health and wellbeing. For many companies, pay rises will have had to be paused and people will have been placed on furlough. This means that the staff who haven’t been furloughed could possibly be picking up extra work with no sign of progression. Sitting down with them and explaining you see their commitment to work and appreciate it will go a long way.
Earlier this year, we asked UK employers whether they take employee wellbeing seriously. Now, the results are in, download now.
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