Workplace wellbeing is a hot topic these days isn’t it? With stress levels rising, and stress related absence costing the economy billions, it is hardly surprising. Ill health in the workplace has a cost not only to the employee, but to the employer as well, as I am sure you know.
If your staff are off sick due to stress, this takes a real toll on your business as well as on them. But before they got to the point of needing to stay home, what impact was stress having on them? Most people will battle on until they can’t take anymore, coming in to work, but mentally not always firing on all cylinders.
You have great staff. You wouldn’t have employed them if they weren’t good for the organisation. Being stressed doesn’t mean that they are no longer the right person for the job, it simply means that they are under too much pressure. This pressure might be work related, or not. Either way, it will impact their performance at work. This doesn’t make them bad, or a failure, or in need of reprimand. It means they are human and need support.
How can you support your stressed-out staff? And how can you prevent work causing of the stress that debilitates your staff to such an extent?
There are many answers to these questions, but I want to talk to you about the benefits of providing an employee wellness program. There are many benefits of offering staff programs to support their wellbeing at work. Here are ten.
Happy, healthy people are able to function better, enabling them to be better at their jobs. This will naturally increase your main priority, the profitability of your business! People will be able to function much better if their minds are calm, they have had sufficient sleep, and their bodies feel well. In addition, if your staff feel valued and supported by you as an employer, they are much more likely to want to do their best for you, to repay that support.
Stress leads to distraction and an inability to focus. A stressed mind is in panic mode, and is very easily distracted, prone to worry, rumination and anxious thinking. This does not lend itself well to effective working. Programs to support the reduction of stress will increase focus and concentration, and allow staff to give their best to the job.
Increased creativity, innovation and problem solving
The stressed mind can only focus on survival. The relaxed mind can be creative and innovate, coming up with creative solutions to problems. Research carried out by The Do Lectures for the Stress Report revealed that only 5% of respondents have their best ideas in front of a computer. The vast majority said they get their best ideas mid exercise.
Reduced absence rates
Happy, healthy staff who feel valued at work will not need to take time off for stress. This will impact both your short and long term absence rates. Stress can lead to a raft of other health complications, many of which will likely lead to long term absence, such as heart disease, stroke, depression and more. Preventing staff reaching these levels of stress is vital for health and wellbeing of both the individuals and the business.
When your staff feel valued and cared for by you, they will be happier as a whole. Knowing that an employer will support your wellbeing is a powerful thing indeed. Staff are more likely to recomend you to their friends, both as an employer and as a provider, if they feel valued.
There is a saying, people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers. If your staff know that they are cared for in your organisation, they are less likely to seek employment elsewhere.
Compelling Return on Investment
Research carried out by Deloitte in a Europe Wide study found that workplace wellness interventions can produce a return on investment of up to 13.62 euros per euro spent. How much difference could this sort of return on investment make to your business?
Improved team working and relationships
Unhappy staff are more likely to complain to colleagues, to become irritable, to struggle to keep up and to have difficulties maintaining good relationships. This will all impact on team working and the environment all your staff work in
Better customer service
Richard Branson is famous for saying “If you look after your staff well, they will look after your customers. Simple”. Staff who feel valued by the company will radiate that happiness out to customers, creating a better experience for your customers and increasing their satisfaction.
Improved reputation as an employer
Sites like glassdoor.com can influence the way potential employees view your business. If you want to attract the best people, they will want to know that they will be treated well. Employee wellbeing is an important aspect of what people look for in an employer. Awards such as the MIND Workplace Wellbeing Index is a powerful way for you to demonstrate your commitment to wellbeing in the workplace.
Increase your company’s wellbeing with a workplace wellness program
Are you keen to reduce the effects of work related stress on your business, and improve well being at work for your staff, and for the benefits of your business?
The PACER Test can help you identify places within your work culture that is impacting on wellbeing, and guide you to possible solutions.