As the workforce continues to evolve at a rapid rate, an increasing number of employees are seeking employers that are focused on their health and wellbeing. Going beyond competitive pay, employers that invest in their employees’ physical and mental health are more apt to attract and retain top-notch talent while fostering a culture that promotes wellness at its core. If your organization is considering ways to improve hiring and retention, here’s a round-up of low-cost ways to invest in employees’ wellbeing:
Bring wellness programming to your employees.
While many friendships happen organically in the workplace, employers that provide a foundation for friendship among their staff will create an environment that thrives on strong relationships. Friendships in the workplace can give employees more purpose and fulfillment, resulting in greater happiness and joy on the job. There are many ways to encourage employees to develop friendships that transcend beyond the workplace and give more meaning to their work. Some initiatives that promote bonds among employees may include implementing a new hire buddy system, organizing company-wide social gatherings (such as group lunches or happy hours), and establishing an annual off-site event with fun team-building activities and entertainment. Finding ways to establish rituals and traditions will often spark new relationships among employees as they interact and share personal interests beyond the confines of their jobs.
Implement flexible hours.
Flexibility is the name of the game in today’s world, especially as many people have transitioned to working predominantly from home over the past couple of years. A better work-life balance doesn’t just make somebody healthier – it enhances their overall quality of life. Implementing a flexible work policy allows employees to achieve a healthier work-life balance, as they’ll have the freedom to work the hours that best suit their personal needs. Flexible hours will give your employees the opportunity to fulfill their professional responsibilities in a way that does not interfere with their family life, having a direct impact on productivity and job satisfaction. When employees feel fulfilled personally and professionally, they’ll be their happiest both at work and home.
Focus on personal development.
With so much emphasis on professional development in the workplace, employers often dismiss the importance of personal development for employee success. A focus on helping employees grow personally within their jobs can dramatically improve their mental health, having a positive impact on how they view themselves not just as professionals, but as individuals with goals, talents, and aspirations. As an employer, one of the best ways to foster personal development is by hosting onsite seminars, or lectures specifically focused on personal growth (such as improving emotional intelligence or discovering passions). This type of programming will give employees a chance to step away from their jobs to reflect on how they can build their confidence and shift their outlook.
Empower employees to set their own goals.
Lastly, empowering employees to set their own goals is one of the most effective ways of improving their wellbeing. When employees create their own vision of success, they take more ownership of their performance. Employers that give their people the guidance to develop a vision for themselves will create an environment in which every employee feels in control of their destiny. This ultimately increases employees’ motivation and drive to do well both at their jobs and in their lives at large. By training managers and supervisors to assist employees in the goal-setting process, you’ll develop a framework that encourages and promotes your people to be successful through their own actions. After all, holding employees accountable for their decisions builds character and gives them a greater sense of accomplishment when they meet milestones.
With the practices above, you’ll show your employees that you’re invested not just in their professional success, but in their physical and mental health and wellbeing. Furthermore, educating your leadership team about the critical importance of employees’ wellbeing in the context of your organization will enhance every aspect of your workplace culture.
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Until Next Time,
Your Staffing Partner, Darrin Rohr- President, CEO, and Chief Servant
Current owner of HH Staffing and Former Chief HR Officer for several successful Multinational Fortune 500 Companies. Brings a fresh perspective from decades of experiences creating Great Workplace Cultures by building high-performance teams while leading and managing people from all different backgrounds. HH Staffing is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, and is uniquely positioned to serve both local and national clients.