Wellness is important for many obvious reasons. You probably know that being healthy is key to being your best self in all areas of life.
That includes work. You can’t be productive if you’re stressed or unwell. Thus, it’s important for employers to learn what they can do to improve the overall wellbeing of their staff.
The following points will help you better understand what steps a business owner can take to support employee wellness. They’re worth keeping in mind whether you’re an employee or employer. As an employer, you can directly implement these ideas. As an employee, you can suggest them, helping to create a more positive workspace for everyone.
Embrace Flexible Scheduling
There are instances when it’s important for all employees to arrive at the office (and leave the office) at the same time. However, in many cases, allowing a little more flexibility is both practical and beneficial.
First, surveys indicate 96% of American employees prefer working at companies that offer some degree of flexible scheduling. Embracing a flexible schedule policy can thus make an organization more appealing to job candidates. This clearly benefits the company.
Perhaps more importantly, workers who are given the option to work flexible hours overwhelmingly report experiencing quality of life improvements as a result. Being able to determine when they arrive at work and leave work simply gives employees more opportunities to focus on their own wellness.
That’s not to say companies should allow employees to come and go as they please all the time. However, by setting aside one or two days a week for flexible scheduling options, employers can help their workers achieve better physical, mental, and emotional health.
Redecorate the Office
Some of the ways organizations can support employee wellness are fairly simple. For example, it’s been shown that looking at pictures of natural settings yields a major mood boost. A business owner could make the office a more wellness-friendly spot by decorating it with pictures accordingly.
It’s also important to keep the office as clean as possible. Psychological researchers have found that people tend to be more relaxed (and, thus, healthier) when they spend time in clean and organized environments.
We live in a work-centric culture. Many people feel they need to be on call all the time in order to stay competitive. This could be the reason more than half of all American workers don’t use all their paid vacation time. They simply feel they can’t justify it.
This isn’t good for anyone’s wellness in the long run. Taking time off from work is key to a person’s mental and physical health. Thus, it’s not enough to simply provide employees with the option of taking paid vacations. Companies need to encourage their workers to actually use that time. It might even be a good idea to make vacations mandatory. If employees know they are not only allowed to take time off, but are actually required to, they’ll be more inclined to get away from work and focus on their wellness.
Of course, these are just a few ways business owners can make wellness a priority. Again, whether you’re an employee or an employer, they’re worth keeping in mind. A healthy and happy workforce is simply a more productive workforce.