Your employees are your most important resource, so investing in their welfare at work is a wise decision. Realizing that well-being is an ever-evolving concept that may mean different things to different individuals is the first step toward engaging in meaningful wellness activities. To guarantee that everyone is motivated and supported in enhancing their health and general well-being, leaders must employ several strategies.
Appreciation and Acknowledgement
Positive reinforcement raises morale at work, setting off a trickle-down effect in the workplace among other employees. When an individual is shown gratitude, their morale and happiness are uplifted. This in turn encourages other employees to work harder and generally makes the workplace environment a more positive one. Although this acknowledgment can come from colleagues or clients, it is more meaningful when it comes from a senior or business executive. To express your acknowledgment, you can publicly congratulate your staff for their achievements by giving them a certificate, or simply write them a text praising their efforts.
Encouraging physical wellbeing
Perks, rewards, and privileges like access to a gym, spa, or yoga studio are excellent ways to boost motivation at work while also promoting health and well-being. Since physical well-being and productivity are correlated, this is a great way to increase employee satisfaction. A greater sense of teamwork is fostered in your employees when they work on their health together, helping them get along better in the workplace as well. Furthermore, providing nutritious meals to your staff at work may have a big influence on their mental and physical fitness, as well as their level of concentration and productivity.
Be more relatable
Employees often look at their leaders as outsiders since they don’t have open communication or an emotional connection with them. Opening up about yourself to your employees makes you seem real, approachable, and strong in their eyes, which is important if you want to build a relationship of trust with them. Once your employees trust you, it may liberate them from the stress that they might otherwise experience working in a place where they can’t be themselves.
Be flexible and encourage the use of mental health resources
Reach out to employees who seem distressed and anxious. Offering them flexibility during the ongoing uncertainty, and encouraging them to seek mental health resources can show them you care. Shame and stigma deter many workers from using their benefits for mental health services to get help, so make an effort to normalize asking for aid as an indication of strength rather than vulnerability.
Don’t forget your remote employees
Wellness initiatives affect at-home employees differently. Since remote workers don’t experience any physical interactions with their colleagues, a chat room where they can communicate during and after work may help them feel more involved with each other. Many remote employees also experience constant work mode due to a lack of work and personal life separation, which heightens stress levels. Check-in with someone you notice working round the clock to make sure they aren’t having trouble unwinding, and provide them with the right support.