Your employees are pretty important. If anything, you could argue that they’re the most important asset your business has.
Without your employees, everything falls apart.
Far too many businesses don’t have a group of employees who feel valued and supported. That’s quite shameful when you consider just how badly the business would do if those employees decided to slowly leave, or decide they’re just not going to work hard anymore.
If you want your employees to work to their maximum level, you need to give them an incentive. Their wages aren’t enough. You can go to work and do the very minimum and still get paid, as long as you’re doing what you need to do. However, if you want your employees to go the extra mile and help to make your business an innovative and creative place to be, you need to make them feel valued.
All of this comes down to morale.
When morale is high, employees feel valued, they feel cared about, they feel supported, and they’re more likely to work harder, put more thought into creative solutions and ideas, and come together as a group, working towards a common goal. All of this benefits the business.
When you focus on health, morale is improved. That’s simply because your employees feel that you care about how they’re doing and that’s going to make them want to repay that care with hard work. Of course, as a kind employer, you want the best for your staff anyway.
So, how can you focus on health and wellbeing in the workplace? Firstly, making sure that your employees take regular breaks, that they don’t eat their lunch at their office desks, and that they get up and move around more. Office workers are at an increased risk of a range of health concerns, simply because this is a sedentary type of job. By highlighting this risk and encouraging your employees to move around more, you’re helping them to be healthier and enjoy their jobs more.
Of course, you should also create a comfortable break space for your employees to go to, with funky breakout furniture in place. Set up and outdoor area if you can and obviously make sure that the office itself is designed in a comfortable, supportive, and pleasant look, with office furniture that gives them enough support through ergonomic means.
If you want to take things further, you can also set up a health and wellbeing package for your employees, including advice on healthy eating, smoking cessation, cut-priced gym membership, the list goes on!
Focusing on the health and wellbeing of your employees and encouraging them to take healthy steps will no doubt lead to increased morale, and in the end, increased productivity too.