IMPROVE WORKPLACE WELL-BEING

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03 September 2019
Human Resources | Staff Morale

One of a manager’s most important responsibilities is to look out for their workers, and improve workplace well-being.

The modern workforce can be an exciting and rewarding place. However, it can also be a stressful and demanding one. Therefore, every organisation could use a metaphorical wellness shot in the arm from time to time.

Here are ten tips to help improve workplace well-being:

  1. Be Fair

Flustered managers and disorganised workplaces can significantly affect morale and productivity. So, ensure that your workers have everything they need to be the best team members they can be.

In particular, always ensure that your workers have all necessary information and ample time to complete tasks. Furthermore, prioritise tasks by importance and need.

  1. Work-Life Balance

Part of being a fair manager is expecting a fair amount of time and productivity from your workers. Basically, overworking your people is a sure fire way to burn them out. Conversely, most workers will be happy to go the extra mile for you if you treat them right.

However, imposing long working hours to complete excessive tasks on a regular basis doesn’t let people properly recover. This often not only leads to stress and anxiety, but also a dip in morale, productivity, and enthusiasm to help.

  1. Healthy Habits

Encourage healthy habits in your workers. Unquestionably, poor diet and excessive alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine consumption can greatly affect energy, mood, and concentration.

Firstly, display some visual reminders around the workplace that promote healthy lifestyle choices and improve workplace well-being. Secondly, encourage workers to get outside during break times. And finally, even consider providing some fresh fruit or a relaxation area for workers to step away from their desks.

  1. Listen Up

Be active in your workers routine and be proactive about their well-being. For starters, listen out for concerns and interact with your people. Don’t just assume that everything is okay if you don’t hear anything different.

Additionally, ensure that people are comfortable speaking up with concerns about work, the culture, or anything else.

  1. Get Physical

Encourage your workers to move around. At this point, office workers sit at their desks for an average of over six hours per day. So, promote the benefits of regular exercise and display media around the workplace that encourages physical activity.

Moreover, tell your workers to get up and stretch and be active. And also try to accommodate different working arrangements such as standing desks for those who want them.

  1. Check In

Check in with your workers on a regular basis. Chiefly, find out how they are going, handling their tasks, and managing their workloads.

Further, letting them know that they have your support and can approach you will help with morale and productivity.

  1. Collaborative Culture

Create a culture that reflects collaboration, and your current workers and values. It will undoubtedly be far better received and honoured than outdated ideals from yesteryear.

Basically, a collaborative culture gives your workers a voice and input in helping develop and promote your brand. As a result, that sense of camaraderie will help improve workplace well-being overall. Remember, collaboration is king.

  1. Flexible Arrangements

If possible and appropriate, offer some flexible working arrangements if you think it will benefit worker well-being. For instance, flexible hours such as later starts, earlier finishes, or working remotely are great ways to champion worker morale.

Furthermore, these arrangements ensure that your people know that they are valued and trusted.

  1. Workspace Design

Sterile workplaces and working environments reduce creativity and concentration. As a result, that often negatively impacts workers’ spirits and performance. Conversely, natural light, colour, plants and greenery, and good workplace design and layout are proven to have positive effects.

Proper air circulation and ventilation also contribute positively to productivity and morale. In essence, ensure that your workspace is conducive to the well-being of your people.

  1. Pay Attention

Be on the look out for signs of stress, exhaustion, and burnout. For example, lack of motivation, concentration, or interest in completing tasks may indicate that a worker is struggling.

Additionally, a worker may be stressed if they’re making more frequent mistakes or struggling with tasks they normally excel at.

Similarly, frustration over small issues or being unnecessarily argumentative may also indicate that a worker is suffering from burnout. Above all, your support will go a long way.

All In All…

Workplaces that champion wellness benefit from happier and healthier workers. As a result, that creates high levels of morale, increases efficiency, and overall helps improve workplace well-being. That not only builds a work culture that is more profitable and productive, but also something to be proud of.

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This content was created by Vocam and is intended to be used only as a guide and should not be relied on as formal training or legal advice.
As standards and regulations frequently change, all information should be considered by relevant local experts and authorities.


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