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Enhancing Workplace Wellbeing: Ways To Maximize Employee Health



Towards a healthier workplace

Look around most offices these days, and it’s fairly obvious just how healthy we already are. With our water coolers, air conditioning, and bright, comfortable surroundings, those of us who work in a modern office environment are really very lucky in many respects. Health and safety legislation plus advanced technology has meant that the contemporary workplace is somewhere that allows us to give our best in an environment that’s geared towards safety and comfort.

But although we’ve come a long way over the years, there are still things we can do to continuously improve workplace wellbeing and employee satisfaction levels.

Workplace wellbeing strategies and productivity

Studies have often indicated that happy and healthy staff are more productive, and in looking to minimise sickness absence, many organisations are also helping to increase employee satisfaction along the way. Benefits that are offered as part of an employment package can include the following:

  • Providing private medical insurance for staff
  • Offering an employee assistance programme
  • Health & wellbeing benefits such as subsidised gym membership

Having staff health cover means that in the event they fall ill, they will be treated promptly and in good quality surroundings. It also means that waiting lists, which can be lengthy, are avoided.

One useful way of helping staff is through the provision of an employee assistance programme. These provide (among other things) counselling for staff who may be going through difficulties in their life outside of work, such as bereavement or divorce.

Measuring employee satisfaction

While employee benefits such as health cover are popular – and also a useful tool in helping to attract and retain the best staff – it’s also useful to get some feedback on how you’re doing. This is where employee satisfaction surveys come in. There are some good guides on the bigger HR and personnel sites showing how to build an employee satisfaction survey.

In some cases, staff may have concerns about the confidentiality of their survey response. However, one way to guarantee the anonymity of survey returns is to use the services of a third party company.

Employee satisfaction surveys can also be a useful way to engage employees – this can be done by involving them in the survey by consulting them on the scope of the survey, and the kind of things it should ask.

Going foward with a wellbeing strategy

Once your wellbeing strategy is in place, it can be reviewed periodically and any changes that need to be made can be implemented. It’s worth keeping up with all the up-to-date news on employee engagement and wellbeing by looking at the major HR and personnel news websites, as there are often quite in-depth articles on the subject discussing all the latest developments.

About the author: Jen Jones writes on small business health insurance and wellbeing topics for various UK and international health and business websites.


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Innovative Employee Rewards

Working for yourself is one thing because you get to enjoy the perks and benefits of owners and CEO’s, but those working under others are often not privy to the incentives for management. Employee rewards are becoming more common place as companies realise that staff are much less productive and enthusiastic without recognition and benefits.

A Few Innovative Employee Rewards

Flexibility: This is one of the key rewards for employees. People chained to desks from 9-5 are restricted to the access they have to the things in their personal lives that require attention, such as children and household issues. More flexible work hours give employees an incentive to prove they are capable of doing the job, while tending to their important lives outside of the office.

Incentivise: Show employees recognition for their hard work by giving vouchers for a spa day or comedy show tickets. A little something to help them unwind, or give them a good laugh, shows employees that they are valued, goes a long way to building loyalty.

Lunch: Reward staff with a buffet lunch where they can take a step back from the office and stuffy work involved. Many companies treat their staff like machines and expect lunch to be taken at their desks while veering off the work course is frowned upon. This is the best recipe for companies looking for high staff turnover. Some companies will reward employees or a single employee with a voucher for a lunch date for them and five of their friends.

Throw a Party: This is one sure-fire way to show employees you appreciate their time, effort and input into your company. Employee rewards go a long way to boosting morale, productivity and loyalty. Staff who get to enjoy a party for no reason other than just being rewarded for good work, are naturally inclined to always give their best.

Many companies work hard for their employees, and as a result employee’s work hard to ensure they give their best. Incentives, benefits and employee rewards are the primary driving force behind these people, who are often the backbone of big companies, making a concerted effort to go the extra mile.

It’s often disconcerting that one would have to remind the guys at the top of the ladder to not take their staff for granted. Most of us were raised to show gratitude and courtesy, and this has found a way into the work place as more bosses give more employee rewards. Thank goodness for evolution.

As a prolific writer Vida Denning has freelanced for a variety of businesses and her recent stint at a Reading office space was extremely inspiring in how staff are rewarded and motivated.


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Employee Performance Tips and Strategies for the Workplace

High level employee performance is highly valued nowadays. Like prize bull fighters, these work persons are usually the talk of the office and admired by their fellow colleagues.

Business owners hoping to motivate their staff into being more productive will need to focus on their employee engagement strategies. Work interest is often a pie in the sky that can’t be reached. If interest cannot be found, work variety can oftentimes save the day. Attention anchored down by the array of tasks at hand, employee performance can peak when daily allocations are not predictably monotonous.

Tips for upping employee performance levels

  • Communicate your goals and expectations to your staff: It wouldn’t be fair to expect a certain level of productivity from your employees if you haven’t spoken up about your expectations. Make sure your office is in the know about how much work they need to be producing within the day. The marked difference of response between employees who have clearly outlined and meaningful targets and those that don’t is startling. The results promote keeping staff tied to and motivated by the larger corporate ambitions of a company.
  • Give immediate feedback: While scheduled monthly reviews are a must, business owners and managers should also be giving feedback as it arises. If you spot an issue that needs to be addressed, don’t hesitate to do so. A pertinent problem may slip under the rug if left unspoken for too long. A way to improve employee performance management and the quality of work being produced by work persons is to be diligent about giving constructive criticism.
  • Support employees in their work and growth: Companies that provide management teams that train and assist their colleagues is essential to personal employee success. Training will also provide the extra incentive of acquiring new skills. The growth of workers within the corporate environment is essential to the overall growth of a business.
  • Employee performance review: If all else fails, a monthly employee performance evaluation should be a wakeup call for staff not giving their best on a consistent basis. A management’s means of keeping track of their charges productivity fluctuations and progress, a business can also use these meetings to recognise and reward hard work.

Managing employee performance can ultimately determine your return on investment. Are you as a business owner getting your money’s worth out of your staff? By implementing the tips above, the rise in work output will be the proof of your corporate pudding by showcasing the effectiveness of implementing employee performance strategies.

Bella Gray is an HR manager within her offices executive suites Oakland. A provider of management strategies and employee relations, Gray has noted the efficiency of the executive suites and credited the space with providing job satisfaction.


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Maintaining Employee Morale During Hard Times

Do you sometimes get the feeling that your business is in a slump, and your employees are feeling the effects? Unsure of how to keep up the morale even during the toughest of times? That’s why there’s this list right here of easy ways to stay positive and keep employees happily at work even during those slumps.

Downsize the Problem

Whatever you’re going through as a business owner and whatever the business itself is facing, no matter how big the problem, don’t reflect it to the employees. They’ll know that something is off, but try to downplay the issue a bit. Don’t say things like, “I don’t know how this will ever get better.” Instead, choose things like, “Things are tough right now but we’re pulling ourselves out,” or “Things have to get worse before they can get better.”

Don’t keep employees in the dark when you’re having an issue, but try to stay positive about whatever is going on. Send a message of hopefulness and encouragement to your employees instead of panicked freak outs that things will never improve.

Show Simple Gratitude

If an employee does something particularly well, acknowledge it. It doesn’t have to be some big, grandiose gesture, but it can be something as small as sending an encouraging email or leaving a note at their desk saying you appreciate what they’ve done.

Even if budgets are tight, try to treat an employee or group of employees to lunch or breakfast once in a while to acknowledge the positive work that they’ve done. Keeping the morale high starts with you, the business owner, and one of the easiest things you can do is send a simple thank you to your employees.

Radiate Happiness

Even if you’re struggling as a business owner as your business itself struggles, keep a look of happiness on your face. Don’t go moaning and groaning around the office. Stay positive, and keep a smile on. It will spread to your employees.

Watch your body language and appearance, as well. Don’t let them reflect what you’re actually feeling in a slump (chances are, you’re feeling pretty crappy, but you don’t want to let that show). You’re the captain of your ship, always dress and act as if nothing is wrong.

Celebrate Holidays

Even if you can’t afford to offer paid time off for the moment, make sure you make it a point to celebrate holidays at the office. Offer up simple gestures to your employees that will break up the mundane tasks of their daily work. Maybe bring in lunch for your staff, or make it a casual day, or have them bring something in to mark the holiday.

Try to avoid having employees work on major national holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas, as this will only further decrease the morale. Major holidays should always be celebrated with time off, but for the smaller ones that pop up throughout the year, celebrate them in the office. Even look up more lesser-known holidays and celebrate those – National Pancake Day is February 28th, so bring in the fixins for pancakes and have a brunch at the office on that day! Ballpoint Pen Day is June 10th, so bring in an obscene amount of ballpoint pens for the whole office to use. It’s as easy as that!

Keep the Lines of Communication Open

Don’t lock yourself in your office alone to mope around during hard times and shut yourself off from the rest of the world. In fact, do just the opposite. Make sure your employees know that you are available for communication and are willing to talk about anything that is going on. The last thing you want to turn into is the boss that everyone is afraid to talk to.

To take it one step further, even schedule weekly meetings to keep employees up to date with what is going on with the company. Map out a timeline, explain where you are now, and set goals for where you want to be in the future. Do so in a positive way. Treat whatever setback you are facing as just a minor storm that will pass.

Create Monthly Awards

Have a little friendly office competition each month for who is doing the best work of all of your employees. Create an “employee of the month” or even “employee of the week” award, design a certificate that can be printed, and start an employee wall, where you frame and hang each employees’ honor.

Not only will this help motivate each and every employee in your company, but it is a cheap and quick way for you to acknowledge the work that they are doing, only furthering the morale levels. Offer other small incentives that go along with the honors, like maybe your employee of the month gets the closest parking space in your parking lot for that entire lot, or maybe you take them out to lunch on the day you name them the recipient.

Conduct Employee Surveys

Formulate a survey to send around to employees once a month or once every two months or so, and have them fill out questions about how happy they are working for your company. Have them fill it out anonymously for the most honest and accurate results.

Leave a space on the survey for open employee feedback – a place where each person can offer up their advice on how to improve employee morale and what you, the business owner, can do to help that. Try to send the surveys electronically, have the employee fill it out on the computer, then print and return to you – that way they don’t have to worry about things like their handwriting being recognized or anything that might stop them from being 100% honest on their surveys.

Keep a happy working environment is the responsibility of the business owner and operator, and is critically important during tough slumps in business. With these simple ideas, you can improve and maintain your employee morale, which will in turn help your business pull through whatever it is that’s setting you back.

Sara Stevens is a freelance writer who works closely with Maintenance Partner, a company that offers specialized facility management software, and she knows the importance of maintaining a positive environment in any small business.


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