The most important thing that an organisation needs to do as companies get back to work is prioritising employee well-being. Most organisations are rightfully focused on increasing business, but necessary steps to ensure the safety of people, a company asset is required.
Employee well-being today is also about optimising healthcare by enabling a well-formulated program.
Factors an organisation should keep in mind while preparing their employee well-being program:
- Focusing on mental health: It is essential to manage stress or information overloading by taking a break and relaxing. Practising mindful activities, exercising, going for a walk, listening to music, spending time doing things that bring peace of mind have proven effective. Recognising and promoting mental health is an essential part of creating a safe and healthy work environment.
- Focusing on productivity: Stressful situations cause an individual to lose focus, leading to reduced productivity. Flexible support schedules, defined working hours, non-working weekends, supporting and understanding employee requirements can ensure steady productivity that enables employees to balance personal life and work.
- Focusing on improving employee morale: Employees with high morale provide a company with a competitive edge. Throughout the pandemic, individuals faced situations that led to decreased confidence. Mental health workshops or a fitness competition among departments or teams can help an organisation turn these negatives into positives and significantly improve employee morale.
With businesses and offices slowly reopening, organisations need to understand the importance of employee well-being and create an effective program. Ensuring safety and a work-friendly environment for employees should be an organization’s top priority. Creating such a space will lead to an engaging workplace.
-By Vrutika Dawda, Director, IdeateLabs