Health & wellbeing in the workplace
Posted: Friday April 12 2019
By: Banner Jones
As an employer, you will know just how important the wellbeing of your staff can be, but it’s not always easy to implement. As such a large part of an employee’s life is spent at work, it’s important that employers play an active role in ensuring that their workers develop and maintain a good quality of life and a healthy relationship with their place of work. After all, healthy and well-motivated employees will have an equally positive impact on the productivity and effectiveness of a business!
By Katie Ash & Sara Ellison Employment Lawyers for Banner Jones
Looking at the topic from a managerial perspective, it’s vital that you understand the importance of having a wellbeing focus in your workplace and are aware of what can happen if it goes wrong.
Managing mental health. It’s thought that one in four workers will experience poor mental health at some point in their lives, with this found to be the leading cause of long term absence from work (which amounts to an economic cost to the UK of £70bn per year!).
Recognising the potential trigger points for mental ill health and keeping communication lines open with your employees will allow for successful management and promotion of positive mental health.
It goes without saying that conversations regarding an individual’s health must be broached sensitively but, as a manager, there are many things that you can do to minimise any added stresses from the workplace.
For example, keep an eye on staff workloads to ensure that they do not become too heavy, schedule in regular one-to-one sessions to check up on the progress of work, and tailor your management style to suit the varying needs and personalities of employees.
Encouraging flexible working and a healthy work-life balance
Work can be stressful and the competitive, fast-paced nature of many industries is a definite contributor. When devising a strategy to improve the health & wellbeing of staff, encouraging a flexible approach to working and a more favourable work-life balance may be something to consider.
Modern workplaces are increasingly becoming more flexible and no longer is it always necessary for employees to be based in the office every day in order for tasks to be completed – the wonders of the internet and cloud technology mean that working from home is increasingly feasible and a more relaxed, flexible work routine can actually aid productivity in the long run!
Making sure that your employees feel like they work in a caring and understanding work place – where the occasional morning off for an important commitment or day working from home isn’t frowned upon – will often lead to fewer days of absence and greater efficiency and enthusiasm whilst at work.