by guest blogger Jennifer Bell
There has been a huge paradigm shift in recent years. Companies today are paying more attention to employee wellbeing than ever before.
It may seem like investment in employee wellbeing would take away from the company’s bottom line, but there is a strong business case proving otherwise.
Improved employee wellbeing leads to less lost time, fewer workplace accidents, higher employee retention, higher company morale, and more. All of these effects impact a company’s financial success.
Here are three ways you can improve employee wellbeing at your organization.
1. Corporate and Office Culture
A key way to improve employee wellbeing is through taking steps to improve office culture.
Don’t just take our word for it; the numbers are also in favor of this argument. Studies show 40% of employees would leave a job if they were unhappy. Given how expensive employee turnover is, improving satisfaction through investing in your employees can save many thousands in hiring costs depending on the size of your organization!
2. The Physical Work Environment
Improving the physical workplace is an easy way to improve the health, wellbeing, and workplace satisfaction of your employees. Investing in a comfortable workplace environment can keep lost time down and boost employee productivity.
One example of this is providing a workplace with exposure to natural light. Research states that there are strong connections between workplace daylight exposure and quality of life. Remember that healthier employees lead to more productivity!
Of course, office relocation for the sole purpose of getting more daylight is impractical. However, there are ways to increase exposure to “natural” daylight in an artificial manner.
Consider upgrading your light system with LED retrofit kits to provide your workplace with circadian lighting. This type of lighting is meant to mimic outdoor light, with the color and intensity of the lights changing throughout the day. This minimizes disruption to the employees’ circadian rhythm, which is, in essence, their biological clock. These lighting kits are energy efficient and cost effective especially when considering the employee wellness benefits they provide.
Another way to improve the built environment for your employees is to invest in ergonomic equipment. This includes chairs, desks, computer equipment, etc.
3. Flexible Hours and Remote Work
The third and final way to improve employee wellbeing is to adopt flexible work policies. This is a transformational change and seems challenging to implement at first. However, it is a rapidly becoming the norm instead of the exception!
A recent survey shows that 67% of small businesses offer flexible working arrangements, and 78% of employees with these arrangements become more productive. If the clear majority of small businesses offer this perk and yours doesn’t, then job candidates will take notice – 77% of job seekers have it as a main consideration according to the same survey.
A common form of flexible work is allowing for flexible hours within a given workweek. For example, employees can take a day off without penalty provided they work their required 40 hours over the remaining 4 days. They can also leave early or come late on a given day provided they make up those hours some other time of the week. Of course, this is all dependent on whether their job role and responsibilities allow for this.
Finally, consider allowing remote work when possible. Remote work is the practice of doing their everyday job tasks while out of the office, typically from home. This is all possible thanks to modern technology. Remote work policies been tried and tested by small businesses and large corporations alike. A survey of large corporations found that two thirds of employers saw increased productivity in their employees, some as much as 35-40%.
There are many benefits to deciding to improve employee wellbeing in your organization. Although some are hesitant since it may appear to take away from the bottom line, it actually improves it due to boosted productivity, employee health, and employee retention.
Your organization can consider improving the physical office environment. You can also look at improving or even transforming corporate culture by putting an emphasis on employee team-building and training. Finally, your organization can consider joining the vast majority of companies that offer flexible working arrangements, if you do not already do so.
About the Author
Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey. She is a content writer for ZLED Lighting.