What would your organization be without its employees? They are quite literally the driving force behind everything you do. Therefore, it’s important that they be happy, healthy, and fulfilled, both on a day to day basis and in the long term. Investing a little bit of time and money into your workers’ wellbeing can go a long way towards increasing productivity. So how do you do that? Here are some of the biggest workplace wellbeing trends for 2018.
Take an Interest in Employee Health
If your employees are sitting at a desk all day, it can lead to a variety of health problems. It increases their risk of injury and disease and makes them more prone to a sedentary lifestyle apart from work. Even if they do manage to find time before work to exercise, the time they spend at their desk can negate the effects of a prior workout.
Therefore, when it comes to workplace wellbeing, it’s important to make your employees’ health a priority. Consider adding an employee gym to your facility and offering classes and other fitness programs there. If you don’t have the resources for that, you can provide your employees with Fitbits, and encourage them to share their exercise accomplishments and fitness progress with one another. Give them daily opportunities to get out from behind the desk and get active.
You can also help them eat better, by providing healthier options in the employee cafeteria. The World Health Organization recommends 400 grams of fruits and vegetables per day, minimum. Other institutions have labelled this “five a day,” or five servings of fruits and vegetables (excluding potatoes and other starchy foods).
By helping your employees stay healthy, you’ll reduce illness (and the resulting absenteeism), decrease depression, increase job satisfaction, and generally improve your workers’ wellbeing.
Create a More Welcoming Environment
Your employees are spending at least a third of their day in the office, if not more. A good office environment can increase their overall wellbeing, while a poor environment can be detrimental to it. There are a number of things you can do to promote better health and wellbeing in your office environment.
Natural light can be a big help. Rather than stagnating under fluorescents day after day, put in a few more windows and let in the sunlight. Having a view of the outdoors can improve morale as well.
Decorate the office with potted plants. Not only will the greenery give the place a cheerier feel, those plants produce clean, fresh air. Combine that with a good ventilation system, and you’ll help reduce things like asthma and allergies, along with other illnesses from airborne viruses and bacteria.
You should also be aware of the color scheme in your facility. Different colors have different effects on the human psyche. Light blues can be calming, while green helps eliminate stress, and yellow promotes creativity. Adding bits of color to your office décor in the right places can really help productivity.
Finally, do your best to eliminate ambient noise. Everything from ringing phones to talking to footsteps can make it difficult for employees to concentrate on their work. Design your office with a balance of open and closed spaces that absorb ambient sound and don’t force employees to listen to the constant noise going past them.
Even just a small investment in making things better for your workers can go a long way towards improving your company. By taking an active interest in your workplace wellbeing, you can improve employee health and productivity and create a better working environment for everyone.