5 Ways to Look After Your Staff’s Wellbeing
A healthy and happy workplace makes for a productive and effective team that is likely to stick around. However, with everything that office management entails, looking out for the wellbeing of your staff sometimes falls off the list. It pays to look out for the health of your employees and to encourage good habits.
Here are five ways you can invest in your staff’s health and wellbeing.
Be mental health savvy
Work- related stress, depression and anxiety have, over recent years, taken the place of minor illnesses such as coughs and colds as the single biggest cause of occupational ill-heath in the UK. In fact, in the last 12 months, there have been 239,000 new cases of work-related stress, depression and anxiety reported across the UK. According to the Health and Safety Executive, over 11 million work days are lost annually due to stress.
Mental health issues are becoming increasingly less taboo, encouraged by recent high profile campaigns to promote a more open-minded attitude towards them. General signs of a stressful workplace include increased staff complaints and grievances, high staff turnover, more reports of stress and sickness absences, decreased performance and a loss of productivity.
Identifying signs of stress in individual employees can help you to catch it early and prevent more serious problems. Look-out for those who might be taking more time off than usual, arriving late, struggling with a loss of confidence or motivation; appearing withdrawn or emotional.
Ensure that your workforce knows who they can talk to if they are struggling and wish to seek help. Keep the dialogue open and provide details about procedures surrounding mental health.
Ensure your employees take regular breaks
Well rested employees are less likely to burnout and will deliver a better performance. Communicate with your team about how important it is to take their holiday and to unwind.
Encourage your staff to evenly spread their holidays throughout the year by updating them on how much of their allowance is left-over. This will give them regular opportunity to rest whilst also preventing a rush of leave requests at popular holiday times (we have a blog about this).
RotaMaster makes it easy for staff members to keep track of their holiday time, request leave and ensure they stay refreshed throughout the year.
Create a break-out area and promote healthy eating
Break times are a vital part of the day and spending some time away from your desk can make you feel happier, focused and more productive. If possible, create a work-free zone where staff can de-stress and step away from work-related issues.
In times of stress or simply because of routine, we tend to raid the biscuit tin. But combining a quick sugar fix and desk work may lead to weight gain, fatigue and other health issues. Stock up on water and sin-free snacks; encourage healthy habits and save the sweet treats for serious team celebrations and extra-special occasions.
Address the Commute
The daily commute is a part of working life. But with fewer services on trains and buses, and more cars on the road, rush hour is becoming more chaotic.
Cancellations, cramped and uncomfortable conditions on public transport or long delays on the roads have a detrimental impact on your worker’s wellbeing and mental health. Research has shown that longer non-active commute times are associated with increased stress and higher blood pressure, which is why it’s time to address ways to start the day in a better way.
If a team member endures a bad commute each day, speak to them about a flexible start time. Arriving an hour earlier and leaving an hour later has the potential to make a dramatic impact on the length of time they spend commuting. Cutting it down could provide a boost to their overall happiness at work.
Prevent and manage musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
MSDs factor pretty high-up on the list of major causes of sickness absence in the UK. The Labour Force Survey found that 6.6 million working days were lost due to work-related MSDs in 2017/18.
To mitigate injures and absences, ensure you provide training to employees who undertake higher-risk activities, such as manual handling. Early intervention to address MSDs is key, and effected employees often make a swift recovery when given appropriate support. Encourage your workforce to acknowledge and report on symptoms that might be caused or aggravated by their daily work practices. The HSE provides a wealth of guidance and advice on regulations and the prevention and management of MSDs.
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