Employee wellbeing in the workplace
In a nut shell, good leaders empower employees contributing to elevated levels of motivation and wellbeing. The impact effective leaders can have on the productivity of your workforce should not be underestimated.
Recalibrating your approach towards employees and shifting the focus from ‘stress reduction’ to personal wellbeing, creates a more proactive, employee-centric workplace environment. Engaging with your employees from an emotional and personable level can produce a more positive mind-set, leading to increased productivity and higher standards. It also makes the process of attracting talent easier – who does’t want to work for an employee that respects their work/life balance and wellbeing?!
However, If recent statistics are to be believed, around 40% of businesses consider employee wellbeing a perk, more so than an investment, which is surprising when you consider the impact unhappy, unfit or unwell (ultimately unproductive) employees can have on operational performance.
Utilise the skills and behaviours of your leaders to promote a more employee-centric environment. Check out our top tips to achieving employee wellbeing, within the workplace:
- Create a sense of belonging: The feeling that you are part of something and that your opinion matters, helps to create a shared sense of purpose and identity, which translates to higher levels of engagement throughout your organisation
- Setting the tone: Leaders must be mindful of the signals they transmit to others. Attitude, choice of words and body language can adversely affect the mood and mind-set of team members. The influence a good or bad leader(s) can have on the wellbeing of your employees should not be overlooked
- Listen: Good listening skills are essential for all leaders. Their capacity to empathise and read the tell-tale signs of their team will make a huge difference to your employee’s sense of wellbeing
- Open door policy: You should be inviting employees with concerns, ideas or opinions to share them as and when they arise. This allows for issues to be dealt with as they occur, limiting the chances of escalation and eventual demotivation
To find out how you can maximise the potential of your workforce, get in touch with a member of the Cormis team.