Since we have entered a global pandemic, the idea of well-being has been an ongoing conversation with employees as they have begun to look at the work-life balance they have. Below are five of our best tips to ensure that your staff remain healthy and safe throughout this crisis and well after.
Ensuring That Your Employees Are Feeling Safe
There are a large number of people who simply do not feel safe to leave their house nor do they feel comfortable around large groups of people. It is essential to reassure your employees that proper protocols have been put in place to keep them safe while in the workplace. This may include a desk-booking system, where only a limited number of people are allowed in the workplace at specific times, providing masks and sanitizers, ensuring the workplace is thoroughly cleaned, and making sure that your employees feel comfortable while working.
Listening To Your Employees
One of the easiest ways to understand how an individual feels is by simply talking to them directly Holding regular meetings either in person or through virtual means is a great way to have a positive impact on an employee’s day. Having a friendly conversation is going to allow employees the opportunity to discuss any issues they may be experiencing and allow for a solution to be created before it becomes more of a problem. Always ensure that all of your employees concerns have been listened to to help improve the overall morale and wellbeing at work. Additional ways to help employees is through the use of group discussions, feedback forms, as well as anonymous surveys.
Create Unique Ways For People To Seek Advice
Regardless of whether an employee is facing an issue at work or home, it is always beneficial for them to have someone to talk to. You may want to consider creating a group of volunteers who employees can reach out to for guidance and confidential conversations. In many cases, they may not be comfortable discussing issues within their own team, so it is important to have a number of people from various departments. Organizing a training class for well-being to help staff support one another as well as improving the overall quality of their advice.
Mental Health Is The Priority
We see mental health and wellbeing talked about in a much more open manner in the workplace. Many employers are taking steps to ensure that it is a workplace priority and have begun to include it in workplace policies, making it a reason for taking time off and ensuring that employees are maintaining their wellbeing. Sick building syndrome can affect a person’s physical and mental health, ensuring that workspaces are bright, well ventilated, and clean will go along way to protect your employees. Employers often offer support and counseling to those who may be struggling. By promoting and raising awareness about general well-being at work ultimately helps to not only make employees more productive and happier but tends to prevent mental illness.
Embrace The Changes Brought On By The Pandemic
The pandemic has brought about a host of changes, many of these have involved the workforce. This has brought about a lot of uncertainty with employees, however, this can be an incredible time for a business to develop and evolve. The process of restructuring and rebuilding can actually be an exciting time and lead to new opportunities for existing staff. By taking the time to embrace these changes and adapt to them, it is possible for the work team to feel motivated and relaxed as opposed to worrying about the future. By making the most of many of these new changes, it is possible to future-proof your business and adopt new policies that will continue to move the company forward.