32 ways to help improve employees’ wellbeing

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Employees feel safe to reach out for help if the workplace culture is open.

  1. Staff should have confidential access to professional information of organisations people can turn to – this could be a list of phone numbers and websites..
  2. Colleagues can be encouraged to buddy up and allowed to have a ten-minute meeting each week to speak their mind and form a trusting relationship – often we feel better after talking.
  3. Getting senior leaders on boardAllowing staff members to have mental health sick dayscould prevent days of unproductivity or instances where people end up signed off for much longer periods.
  4. Employees could indicate their stress level each day – keeping this activity light-hearted, but also truthful, will help encourage colleagues to support each other, while management can better understand when people are at their most stressed.
  5. Maintaining amental health forum will allow people to share their experiences and advice with colleagues – this could be online within the company’s ‘intranet’ or a face to face informal lunchtime meeting.
  6. An anonymous “mood” board, where people can write down issues, can help dissipate negativity whilst sharing positive feelings.
  7. Unintended divisions between different levels of management or between departments can result in some staff feeling excluded, even if that was never the intention – regular informal drinks/lunch meetings can be used for staff to air gripes or offer ideas.

A healthier body means a healthier mind

  1. Sports and exercise equipment could be available for people to borrow – a football, hand weights, skipping rope – should hopefully encourage a little lunchtime fun.
  2. Employees who love dancing, jogging or circuits could be encouraged to form a lunch club where people can exercise together and maybe learn new skills.
  3. Lunch clubs could also be run by a person that has any passion, such as a craft or a love for cooking – making friends is also good for the mind.
  4. A staff fruit bowl, filled at the beginning of the week could invite staff to eat more healthily
  5. Or could you provide healthy drinks and snacks one day a month to promote less sugar and caffeine intake – ask people to monitor how it affects their working mood.
  6. Teams or departments could organise healthy picnic lunches, where everyone brings a plate to enjoy a shared lunch – this has the added benefit of helping to build relationships.
  7. Encourage a regular walk to work day or only use the stairs day so employees can give their body a little extra workout.
  8. Do staff have somewhere they can safely lock up push bikes? If not, you may be holding someone back from getting more exercise.

Small workplace changes making big differences

  1. A silent area, where people can ensure five minutes of time out, can be very beneficial for those in intense roles.
  2. Make this area special and show you care for very little cost – encouraging people to listen to music on their headphones, or read, could help people de-stress.
  1. Where people work can affect productivity and cause stress, and this could be as simple as someone being cold because they sit next to a window. Check that the staff are seated in the best place for them…
  2. A hot desk area for those who need  a change of environment or might need an hour away from a noisier area of the office.
  3. Standing desks that can be folded against a wall are a great way of giving people another option in a small space – some people may feel more focussed or creative working standing up for a while and it’s good for circulation.
  4. Yoga balls give your core a great workout and improve posture, and work well in meeting rooms or break-out areas.

Management and training make all the difference

  1. Managers sometimes need to remind industrious staff members to stop work. Does everyone have a lunch break and eat away from their workspace?
  2. Managers can also encourage a five-minute break in a morning and afternoon to clear their mind.
  3. You need to know why people are working long hours – are they overloaded, or not productive? Either way, how can you help before burnout occurs?
  4. A sandwiching technique can be taught to individuals to help with workload management – alternating between tasks that you do and don’t like can improve self-esteem and reduce stress.
  5. Simple in-house training to sort daily tasks into ‘required’, ‘important’ and ‘desirable’ categories can stop someone feeling drowned in work as not everyone naturally knows how prioritise a work load.
  6. – Aa small amount of reorganisation could make a huge difference. Ask for regular feedback on what employees feel are their main strengths.
  7. A formal mentor scheme can be effective for a mentee’s work development and the mentor’s self-esteem as mentors gain from being valued by the mentee.

Ask the professionals to provide support

  1. For your next staff away day, do something radically different, like booking a professional to undertake mental and physical health workshops in the morning and a sports coach to teach you the game in the afternoon.
  2. To determine areas your business can focus on,ivest in mental health risk-assessment questionnaires, undertaken and evaluated by a professional in this field,.
  3. Ensure desk workers know how to do simple exercises, like rolling their shoulders, and individuals who stand may need to sit and stretch – a yoga consultant can assist here..
  4. A mindfulness or meditation practitioner could undertake an after-work session to teach techniques that help with stress and poor mental health.
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