Many people spend a lot of time at work. The office is a location, therefore, that can potentially have an impact on someone’s health and happiness. It’s not going to benefit anyone if the environment is stressful and doesn’t support work-life balance or living a healthy lifestyle.
You can show your staff you want what’s best for them by being supportive and flexible and creating a healthy office space where people look forward to coming in each day. Pride your company on caring for the wellbeing of those who work so hard to make your business what it is today; the best way is to start implementing new ideas they can get behind.
Have Policies in Place
If you want to keep your employees happy and healthy, then you have to be willing to work with them and prove to your workers that the company cares about them. One idea is to put policies in place that help them to care for their well-being like providing enough sick days, allowing flexible schedules in case someone wants to work out in the mornings and enforcing drug and alcohol testing. In addition, providing resources for your employees such as an employee assistance program if they’re having problems and want to speak with a professional can be beneficial.
Encourage Employees to Take Breaks
Sitting at your desk all day sat to your computer can be problematic if no breaks are taken. It is important to encourage staff to take breaks by getting up to stretch their legs, make a or go for lunch. This will create a balanced environment where employees are encouraged to work hard, but not in a controlling or demanding manner.
Defuse Conflict Immediately & Practice Open Communication
Stress is the culprit of many health issues so it only makes sense you’d want to minimize the amount of tension and worry your employees experience at work. Do this by teaching your staff how to defuse and resolve conflict in a timely manner and talk to each other with respect. Make sure the leadership in the office is onboard and actively demonstrating this type of behavior on a daily basis. Everyone will be happier and more at ease when acting maturely and appropriately is the norm.
Consider Options to Work from Home
If possible, it will benefit you and your employees if they can work from home occasionally. This of course depends on the nature of the work. However, if working from home is possible and applicable, it can be an option to integrate. Working from home may reduce stress, and, for example, will allow your staff to still get some of their work done when they’re not feeling well, without the potential physical limitations of coming into the office. There are going to be times when your employees may need this type of flexibility if they’re going to practice work-life balance and remain healthy at the same time. You can show your workers you care and support them by considering options for certain individuals to work from home.
Everyone will produce more quality work and get along better when you create a healthy office environment to work. These ideas are a great starting place for your company but don’t be afraid to think of additional tactics and use those too. Take notice of what a difference these adjustments make in your workplace and how much happier your employees are on a daily basis.