Wellness in the workplace
The world is becoming progressively more aware of the importance of ‘wellness’, with a rising interest in calming, confidence and health boosting activities such as yoga, healthy eating and outdoors exploration now increasingly popular within mainstream culture. As this becomes a priority for people in their personal life, employers should also be taking note in this growing lifestyle shift.
What is ‘wellness’?
Outside of the working environment, wellness can be described as the active process of making decisions that lead towards a healthy and fulfilled life. In a professional setting this can refer to an employer creating an environment that actively encourages the development of each employee, taking action to ensure that its staff are happy and healthy, both physically and mentally.
Why is it important?
As new demographics enter the workforce, different expectations will arise. According to the ‘Future of the Workplace’ report, commissioned by UBS Wealth Management, future generations of workers will expect their employers to take the wellbeing of its staff seriously. Failure to do so with appropriate schemes and support systems could result in businesses finding it hard to recruit new talent in the future.
What can businesses do?
Businesses can make small but simple steps to show an understanding towards the needs of the workforce, such as ensuring office environments are clutter free, clean and inspiring, offering free fresh fruit, water and other tasty but healthy treats to help throughout the working today, and relaxing existing procedures in order to make way for a working culture that recognises the need for ‘human understanding’. (Policies such as entitlement to duvet days throughout the year are a great idea!)
As well as making active steps to encourage wellbeing, companies should observe their staff to identify those that may be forming bad habits that could also be detrimental to their health, such as overworking. In today’s ‘always on’ culture, it can be tempting for staff to continue their professional tasks long after their shift is over, especially when operating remotely or in a flexible environment. Implementing a time and attendance solution such as IQ:timecard can help businesses to identify and monitor the real working patterns of their workforce, highlighting those that are working for longer than expected which could be impacting on their wellness.
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