Simple Ways to Support Holistic Employee Well-Being
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Wise words from Aristotle and we
think it is very applicable when it comes to supporting the holistic well being of your employees. Whether you’re a small, medium or large organisation, providing free workplace and well-being programs is something that should be focused on sooner than later - why? Quite simply, research has shown a very real connection between employee productivity, engagement, absenteeism, workplace safety and
performance to employee performance- all crucial factors to the success of your
business in today’s competitive business world.
While providing health and wellness benefits to employees is nothing new and many organisations already do this, supporting the holistic well-being of your employees goes further than this. Apart from providing a health and dental plan, as well as sick days it should also include a more comprehensive service of taking care of their physical, mental, social and financial needs - here’s some simple ways to do this!
Support Employee Mental Health With Guided Meditation Programmes
Managing stress is something that should not be taken lightly and a recent study
conducted by researchers from Harvard and Stanford Universities found a tangible connection between stressful jobs and lower life expectancy.
Combat stress amongst your employees by conducting regular meditation and
mindfulness techniques. Opt to have a trainer come in for regular team sessions or use a mindfulness app that has enterprise pricing such as Headspace.
Create a Positive and Healthy Work Environment
Most offices have a very strong snacking culture, so one of the most important steps is to replace those unhealthy, low quality snacks that are loaded with sugar,
saturated fat and chemicals. These snacks cause energy crashes which send your employee productivity down low and also seriously impact employee health. Instead keep healthy snacks available at all times such as vegetable platters, natural snacks, fruit juices etc.
Bring the outdoors inside by ensuring your office environment has a lot of natural
light and aim to include a lot of greenery indoors. Numerous studies have shown
that natural light boosts mood, energy levels and productivity in the workplace, while scientists often say that having plants in the workplace offer an external stimulus to our brains; essentially giving us something else to focus on and give employees an (unconscious) rest.
Don’t forget to also opt for bright colours as they suppress the melatonin (the sleep hormone) and boost energy levels.
Use Step Competitions to Get Your Employees Moving
Make exercise a daily practice with a little healthy competition! It’s important to
remember to customize fitness goals according to individuals since your company
most likely has people of varying ages and fitness goals.
The competition can be either on an individual or team fitness level and can be
monitored by providing employees with fitness trackers. If this is not an option, you can also try having regular yoga or workout sessions for your company and then track which department has the highest attendance etc. Motivate employees to participate by holding weekly competitions and giving away gift cards or other small prizes for the winners.
To wrap up, when it comes to holistic employee well-being as an employer, you
should aim to cover not just one area, but the physical, mental, social and financial needs of your employee. Keep it simple with uncomplicated programs such as:
● Physical - healthy competitions that challenge employees to improve their
fitness levels either individually or as a team.
● Mental - relieve work stress with meditation and mindfulness training
● Social - increase employee engagement across the company by hosting
regular events, competitions etc that bring down the boundaries of teams and
get employees to mix with others outside of their team.
● Financial - apart from providing benefits, support financial planning by
providing employees with a saving programs or bring in thought leaders or
coaches to provide employees with the resources they need to learn more
about investing and saving.