Employee wellbeing is one of the most critical factors in the success of a business. Employees who are healthy and well in mind and body are far more resilient and engaged. They tend to stay off sick less, remain with a company for longer and are more motivated and productive. Here are some ways business managers can inspire, nurture and motivate their employees.
Part of ensuring employee wellbeing on a physical level includes factors like keeping a clean work environment and offering wellness programs that employees can take part in for free. Business managers who support a company culture of physical wellbeing with strong wellness initiatives find that employees take fewer sick days. If a workforce is always down by a few members, this can take its toll on overall productivity.
For those running their own family-owned businesses or those who don’t have access to employer-backed insurance programs, health care sharing programs may be the best alternative.
If employees like what they do and have a career path they want to follow, they are more motivated to meet their goals. To improve employee retention, business managers have to show that they care about their future careers as much as they do and give them opportunities to progress and grow.
Whether these opportunities are in-house or outsourced, employees need to be given a chance to learn new skills that benefit and expand their roles. For employees who want to progress, stifling their development could cause them to leave.
Paying employees what they’re worth increases their loyalty and yet many businesses offer employees the lowest pay they can get away with.
Considering how much time, money and effort they spend on finding new employees because lack of monetary appreciation is one of the main reasons for moving on, it could be more cost-effective for them to pay more in the first place. Some of the benefits of receiving a better salary are more self-esteem, more commitment and higher productivity.
For some employees, money isn’t everything and great benefits, such as being able to work flexible hours, can make them feel valued. An employee’s personal life often affects their work ethic, so finding ways to offer benefits that really help them can make a difference. Business managers could also help employees manage their finances by providing relevant resources.
Business managers need to prioritize social connections. This may come in the form of small talk before meetings start or virtual happy hours on Fridays. Even if team communication is digital, it is important to encourage interaction on a personal and business level. When employees feel socially supported at work, they are more likely to do their best and feel that their opinions count.
If business managers can create the right team atmosphere, where people genuinely care about and support each other, employees will feel they want to work together to reach certain goals. When the team is successful in reaching these goals, members will feel a sense of pride and more loyalty to the team.
The overall atmosphere in a business will impact all aspects including sales and customer service. Business managers should always help employees to recognize how what they do benefits others. A positive working culture with good relationships between all teams means higher levels of cooperation and more effectiveness.
Perhaps one of the most powerful ways business managers can support employees is by looking for diverse ways to support their individual needs. Ultimately, this creates happier employees and better financial results for the business.