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Improve Employee Wellbeing in 2018

January 7 2018 - Employee initiatives are no longer just a perk to attract talent. They are now becoming a key priority across businesses to improve employee wellbeing and protect their mental health. Every forward-thinking business must therefore strive to create a company culture that allows people to thrive both personally and professionally. Find out how to improve employee wellbeing in 2018.

Improve Business Efficiency

Too many laborious, manual processes can be detrimental to employee morale, which can result in next to no job satisfaction. As a result, staff may come to hate coming into work every day, constantly watching the clock until it's time to go home. It is an employer's responsibility to look for ways to streamline processes to not only increase productivity and profitability, but to improve employee morale.

For example, introducing a powerful Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution can improve business efficiency, which can take some of the pressure off your employees' shoulders. That's because it can replace manual tasks with automated processes, which will allow your employees to focus on other areas of the business. They can also perform tasks on any computer from any location, and can gain actionable insights to make informed decisions.

Introduce Wellness Programs

Brexit will undoubtedly create uncertainty in the marketplace, which can add pressure onto individual employees to perform well in their positions. It is therefore essential for companies to create an environment that allows their staff to relax and feel safe in. For this reason, you should consider introducing an employee wellness program, which can create a more positive, supportive workplace for all members of staff. You could also introduce employee recognition, or learning and development classes so that team members can strengthen their weaknesses. It can be an effective way to keep your employees happy, and it may also help the business to attract additional talent.

Provide Mental Health Days

Mental health was once a stigma in the workplace, as many employees were reluctant to come forward when living with a mental health problem, such as depression or anxiety. Yet, many employees will suffer from some form of mental health condition at some point in their lives. Businesses must therefore strive to break the mental illness stigma at work, and you can do so by emphasising the importance of talking about mental health within a wellness program. You could also introduce mental health days, which will provide both support and coverage, so people can attend counselling, medical appointments and can focus on self-care.

Focus on a Good Night's Sleep

Sleep deprivation can impact every aspect of an employee's life. Well-rested employees will not only feel better, but they will perform better in their roles. As a result, a good night's rest can prevent a mental health condition, while increasing their job satisfaction. Educate your employees on the dangers of sleep deprivation, and make the appropriate adjustments to encourage some much-needed shut-eye. For example, you could introduce nap rooms into your office, or you could provide employees with more flexible working hours so that they can catch up on sleep.

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