It’s no secret that employee productivity is a major asset to all companies, regardless of their industry. The question to be asked is can anybody be truly productive without first being healthy, and feeling supported as well as appreciated? The simple answer is no.
Employee well-being has been recognized as a vital component of all successful corporations, and creating a workplace culture that allows and encourages employees to stay healthy in every sense of this word is essential.
How is Such Workplace Culture Developed?
Even though there is no universal formula that is applicable to all businesses, there are some key components that will certainly get your company on the right track.
Trust & Empowerment
Building a culture based on trust and empowerment requires a significant amount of effort from all levels of a company - starting with upper management. Establishing trust (through practice) as a core value will prove to be a worthwhile investment to the overall performance of your business. When employees feel trusted and empowered by their company, continuous personal and professional development potential is limitless.
There is a positive correlation between trust levels and an employee’s willingness to innovate and take initiative. Trust and empowerment breed motivation and allow room for employees to take calculated risks knowing there is an opportunity to learn and grow – while still being supported by their company.
According to a FlexJobs survey in 2017, 79% of 2,200 surveyed said that work-life balance matters to them when considering a job. Unfortunately, overall employee health continues to be affected by the work-life conflict in many organizations. Allowing employees to work remotely, adjusting work hours, and creating a balanced work environment is crucial to health and satisfaction of the workforce.
Flex-work arrangements and overall flexibility of time off available will help reduce stress and the risk of employee burnout, ultimately leading to improved mental health and increased productivity. This approach will not only improve existing employee retention, but will also appeal to the top talent prospects in the industry.
Effective communication is one of the most important characteristics of a healthy workplace. Fostering a safe, supportive environment where employees are encouraged to share ideas, issues, or any other feedback ties back to establishing trust in the workplace. It is vital for management to lead by example and initiate an open, transparent dialog. Doing this will reinforce the message that employee well-being is the primary focus.
The importance of employee recognition cannot be highlighted enough: 78% surveyed say that being recognized motivates them on the job, and 69% of employees would work harder if they felt their efforts were better appreciated, as reported by Mark Horton in The Power of Recognition in the Enterprise. 70% of employees say that meaningful recognition has no dollar value, so a simple verbal recognition of accomplishments can make a huge difference– recognition reminds employees that they are valued and respected, while reinforcing positive attitudes and desired behavior.
Collaboration and teamwork have been buzz words for a while now, and team building efforts are a great way to incorporate them into a company’s culture. Team building activities or simply informal after-work outings enrich employee experience while enhancing and promoting healthy workplace relationships. Employee engagement in team building activities is crucial for improving office morale. Consider offering exciting activities for team building, introducing fun activities such as bowling, billiards, or escape rooms increase the potential for employees to strengthen relationships with their peers.
At the end of the day, Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group, got it right: “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.”
Making employee health and well-being the center of your culture contributes heavily to the retention and attraction of top talent; ensuring that employees are physically and mentally healthy will do wonders for increasing productivity. Caring for your employees is caring for your company’s most valuable asset.