In the last blog we talked about what workplace wellbeing is exactly. Now that we have that out of the way, let's jump into the factors that could be affecting your employees' health as well as some ways to work on them!
Identifying the problem areas within your company is going to be one of the biggest steps to working towards a positive change for both employees' health and their productivity. You have to know what you're looking for, right?
So to note, these 3 factors aren't an exhaustive list, but they're a start!
1. Workplace environment: great news! This is one of the factors that you as an employer have a large degree of control over! Unfortunately it's also something that doesn't always get a whole lot of love. Factors such as noise levels, exposure to tobacco smoke, quality of machinery and equipment, relationships with supervisors and co-workers could be grating on your workplace morale.
What to do: Start working towards removing sources of stress and health risks in your workplace. Make your workplace a smoke-free zone! Still rocking the old, uncomfortable lighting? Change them out for the sake of your employees!
2. Job control: As the owner of a growing business handing off responsibilities to your employees can be difficult but by doing so you could be improving your workplace wellbeing! How involved are your employees in the everyday decision making and how much do their opinions matter?
What to do: Start encouraging employees to identify concerns about the work environment. Start giving them control over what happens to them at work! Employees need to feel that they are listened to and they have some control on what affects them.
3. Individual health practices: This is where we enter into tougher territory as an employer. How can you control the individual health practices of your employees? Short answer? You can't. Smoking, drinking, eating habits, exercise... this is just a small list of what could be affecting your employees' individual health!
So what the heck do you do? The key word is encouragement. You care about your employees, so show it. Provide information and education. Anything from pamphlets on stress management to educational seminars about drug prevention or heart smart cooking. Offer programs on how to stop smoking! Why not allow employees to include their family? Finally, give your HR or yourself the tools needed to help promote health and wellness! Do company-wide health challenges, encourage your employees to log their activity, make a fun competition out of it. This is just a small number of ways to get that wellness train rolling! If that sounds daunting then book a demo with us at SparkJoy Wellness and we'll do it all for you!
When you see the words "workplace wellness" the meaning seems pretty straight-forward and it actually is! Unfortunately though, regardless of how obvious it may seem, a lot of companies aren't engaging in practices that will not only improve their employee's health and happiness but will ultimately increase profit. Yes, you read it correctly. It's been shown that happy and healthy employees leads to more productivity and less sick days. Workplace wellness is a smart investment and we want to show you why!
Ok that all sounds great but what does it actually mean? To understand workplace wellness it's important to first start with individual wellness. This refers to a person’s ability to maintain physical and mental well-being including doing things that protect and enhance health while reducing or staying away from those things that place health at risk. This is important because this is exactly what you are trying to promote in your employees!
Workplace wellness on the other-hand, refers to an organization’s ability to promote and maintain the physical and mental health of its employees. It is also about reducing risks to employee health and wellness through safe work practices, healthy work environments and responsible hosting of company events. Essentially it's where your responsibilities, as an employer, come into play!
A study asked workers to report which aspects of their job performance improved on days they exercised!
For some employers this all may seem daunting. I mean, you're already firing on all cylinders just trying to keep your business running! We definitely get it. We at SparkJoy Wellness want to help because unfortunately, whether you have an HR team or you are tackling it yourself, there are wrong ways to approach this opportunity. You can find yourself with a ton of extra work with little to no positive gain.
We're telling you it's worth it! There are so many resources that are out there that will help you start investing in your employee health and wellness! We can also help. Give our company page a follow and we'll make sure you get the latest and greatest information on the matter!