As a business owner, one of the top priorities you should have is ensuring the wellbeing of your staff is at an optimum level. Doing this can help maintain productivity and guarantee the demands of the business are met. There are several ways you can help improve wellbeing in the workplace and making changes to your work environment is one of them. Here are a few steps that can be taken to improve the wellbeing of staff in the workplace.
Promote Healthy Working Habits
Utilising your kitchen is a great way to enforce healthy eating in the workplace. Many commercial buildings/offices come with spaces that have eating facilities, which can encourage workers to live a healthier lifestyle through what they eat and regular exercise. You can also do your bit for them by providing an office breakfast in the form of fresh fruit, pastries, juice etc. This prevents workers from skipping breakfast and ensures they have high energy levels when working.
Have Good Relationships With Your Workers
When teams get along well within a workplace it makes it easier to reach goals and objectives for the business. This is because teams will collaborate and communicate frequently when they feel comfortable with one another without awkward conversations occurring. If there are any cases where you feel there are problems between members of staff, encourage them to resolve their differences for the benefit of the business.
Encourage A Good Work/Life Balance
At times, workers can become overwhelmed by their workloads and the tasks that they’ve been given. From a physical and psychological point of view, this isn’t productive for staff workers as it can cause stress, exhaustion and negative morale around the office. Although you want your business to be a success, you should also make sure that workers maintain a good work/life balance so they can take a break and ‘refresh’ before they go again. Keep workloads manageable and introduce out of work activities that can allow your workers to let their hair down.
Create A Healthier Workplace
Our average working hours per day tends to be around 8.5 hours, which is a substantial amount when you add it up during your lifetime. Therefore, the environment you work in should be up to a standard that is considered healthy and suitable for you and your workers. In particular, indoor air quality in offices can be a problem. Ensure that your stainless steel ducting is reviewed and cleaned regularly and promote regular air flow by keeping your windows open. Plants are also a great way to stimulate air circulation in the office. Their process of releasing oxygen in the air can keep the fresh air going around the office as well as contributing to the visual aesthetic of the place.
Allow A Platform For Speaking Out
A fear for many workers is not being able to say what’s on their mind or address any concerns that they may have. This can contribute to stress and prevents workers from being happy. You want your workers to feel confident in your workplace so let them know that they have a platform where they can speak up, whether it’s with you, a colleague or a representative from HR.
High amounts of productivity and morale in the workplace can lead to better outcomes for business overall. Workers will be more motivated to work, and a happy atmosphere keeps employees positive around the work environment which can translate to improvements in other areas as a result.