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Employee wellbeing initiatives are used by successful organizations to support employees and drive productivity and engagement. Well-designed workplace wellbeing initiatives have been shown to stimulate better employee morale, a healthier and more inclusive culture and lower absenteeism.
Different employees and workers will benefit from and appreciate different types of wellbeing initiative. Ask for feedback before designing your wellbeing program. It’s important to find out the top health-related issues and concerns amongst your particular workforce and offer solutions and services to address these first.
Here are four health and wellbeing initiatives in the workplace that organizations can use to boost productivity and engagement, depending on their worker population.
The most effective workplace health initiatives take a holistic approach to wellbeing. They offer a range of alternative, clinical and therapeutic approaches to mental health, general wellbeing, physical health and financial wellbeing. These cater for the needs of a diverse employee population.
One of the simplest wellbeing initiatives is to encourage your employees to take their breaks. It’s important that taking lunch, exercise or a stroll during the working day aren’t stigmatized. Reward and recognize positive behavior that helps employees stay refreshed and focused. If you have a remote working population, educate them about the important of work-life balance, so they take time away from their work, even when it takes place in their home. Encourage employees to make good use of their holiday allocation.
Give employees the chance to help themselves using commonly available apps to help with stress and anxiety. For employees based remotely, online and mobile services may be most accessible and valuable. Headspace, Spring and Emoquo are examples of wellbeing and mental health apps and coaching resources. Mint is a helpful financial wellbeing app. You may be able to obtain a corporate subscription that offers a wider range of employee wellbeing services and personalized support to your workforce.
Today, employees often value freedom to work in a way that compliments their lifestyle, ahead of perks and material benefits. Flexible working isn’t just working from home, it can also mean flexitime, part time, compressed hours or variable start and finish times. People who are encouraged to work flexibly have a better employee experience, feel trusted by their employer and can be more committed and productive.
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