If workplace well-being isn’t on your priority list, now’s the time to put it on the top. Worksite wellness initiatives have been gathering steam for quite a while, but the pandemic wreaked havoc on health in a wide variety of ways. To truly appreciate your team members, be sure to provide a healthy environment where the whole being can thrive.
According to a recent report by Gallup,
“Organizations are responsible for the wellbeing of their employees — alleviating burnout is the right thing to do. And, it is essential for engaging and retaining top talent.”
Burnout is real. And it’s costly. Intelligent leaders are in-tune with the signs are offer ways to address the problem.
An article from SHRM states, “Unsurprisingly, employee burnout levels in 2020—the year of the pandemic—were high, with one major shift from previous years: Fully remote workers are now experiencing more burnout than onsite workers. Before the pandemic, the perks of working remotely—either part- or full-time—led to lower levels of burnout compared with employees who were onsite all the time.
“Burnout has effects on the micro and macro levels. If employees’ well-being suffers, they may turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms. They may also become less productive and unfocused.”
Workplace well-being is THE priority to keep — if you want to keep employees.
Want to keep your employees during what’s being called by NPR and others as “The Great Resignation”? Not only is workplace well-being a driver of employee happiness and productivity, it helps employees cope with the effects of burnout. In addition, bedrocks of workplace well-being like fitness, healthy eating and financial literacy actively repel the stressors that cause burnout.
The Case for Workplace Well-Being
A Washington Post article states,
“[Workplace wellness] programs seem to make sense: Many people spend most of their waking hours on the job, so that’s a natural setting to try to promote changes in behavior. And employers have their own stake in improving employees’ health; many of them provide benefits like health insurance and sick leave, and workplace wellness programs could result in lower insurance costs as well as a healthier, more productive workforce…
In fact, most employers as of 2020 had wellness programs of some kind — including 53 percent of small firms (those with three to 200 employees) and 81 percent of large companies.”
So, don’t fall behind! This is especially important from a recruitment and retention perspective.
Make Workplace Well-Being FUN!
SnackNation put together an awesome list called, 121 Employee Wellness Program Ideas, Tips, & Activities For 2021 That Your Team Will Love.
Here are some of our favorites:
- Encourage wellness initiatives through your recognition and rewards program
- Celebrate “Wellness Wednesday” – we also celebrate “thankful Thursday”
- Improve employee wellness with shared laughter, releasing endorphins and creating connection
- On-site and online yoga classes to relieve stress
- Provide free journals and “how-to journaling classes”
- Host an employee field day
- 21 Days of Gratefulness Challenge
- Give employees a vacation day on their birthday
- Put on upbeat music
- Encourage public transportation, walking or biking
- Create a “high-five” board
- Celebrate an obscure holiday
- Create flexible work hours
- Acknowledgment and gratefulness meeting at the end of the week
- Make CSA participation easy with a pick-up site at work
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Download Your FREE 2021 Employee Appreciation Calendar
“In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day — or to celebrate each special day.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru, coach and author
Download the gThankYou 2021 Day-to-Day Employee Celebration Calendar for resources and advice to help your organization thrive all year. Our monthly guide provides the tools and inspiration to build a culture of appreciation every day of the year. Download yours today, absolutely free!
Here’s to a happier, healthier workplace!
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