The number of people suffering from stress is on the rise. And, all too often this is due to demanding workloads, inefficient working practices and long hours. But, as well as affecting the mental health of your people, this can also damage your business. Let’s face it, the healthier your employees are, the less likely it is that they will need time off work. And the more productive they will be when they are there.
To help tackle this issue, UK employers are looking at what they can do to reduce the pressures placed on modern employees.
How to create a wellbeing culture
Ditch the focus on presenteeism
Presenteeism encourages people to be seen to be working. Quite often this results in people sitting at their desks for more hours than is required. It also means that employees come to work when they are sick. And, not only does this put the rest of your workplace at risk (if what they are suffering from is contagious), but it also means that they are less productive when they are there.
Promote a healthy work/life balance
Too many employers don’t focus on the need for a good work/life balance. But just because an employee can be contacted wherever and whenever doesn’t mean that they should be. Encourage your staff to switch off by:
- Making sure that they take all of their annual leave allowances
- Discouraging unnecessary weekend and out of hours work
- Operating a no-emails policy in the evenings or at weekends
- Encouraging employees to make full use of their breaks.
Promote nutrition and exercise
Poor health – whether physical or mental – can result in bad moods, low self-esteem, a lack of focus, and reduced energy levels. But you can introduce initiatives such as fresh fruit deliveries, healthcare cover and cycle to work schemes to encourage healthy bodies and minds.
Invest in cloud technology
New working arrangements are becoming more and more valuable when it comes to reducing stress. This includes working from home and flexitime where workers set their own working hours. Not least because, the greater choice employees have about where they get their jobs done; and the happier they will be. Find out more about how people are working in 2019.
But to ensure employers can facilitate more flexible working, they must first invest in the right technology and implement it correctly. Cloud-based hosted desktops, conference calls, video conferencing, instant messaging tech, face-to-face meetings and team-building days can all be used to keep the lines of communication open.
When it comes to the potential of tech, flexible and remote working is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what’s possible.
For example, The Wellcome Trust (an independent global charitable foundation focused on improving health) is reported to be considering moving all of its head office staff to a four-day week in a bid to boost productivity and improve work-life balance. A trial of the new working week could start this autumn and will give workers Fridays off with no reduction in pay.
But how is this possible? Well, according to trade unions, companies that use advances in computer technology and artificial intelligence to improve productivity, should ‘share the wealth’ to cut hours and reduce stress.
In 2019, by actively engaging with your workforce to support their health and wellbeing employers can help create a workplace that optimises performance and productivity.
Want to use cloud-technology to create a happy, productive culture in your business?