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Health & Wellbeing

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Employee Wellbeing for a Healthier Bottom Line

There is an established link between the performance of your workforce and your employees health and wellbeing. Healthy employees are absent less and they’re in better shape to do their jobs well.

How can HR influence employees’ health and wellbeing and reap the benefits? Besides your many options for managing employee healthcare, HR can also take a more holistic approach to promoting workplace wellness. You can start here.

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Why promote health and wellbeing?

We’ve already talked about how healthier employees often perform better and take fewer sick days. There are other benefits too, including:

Greater staff motivation, flexibility, and retention – employees who feel looked after by their employer may be more committed to your organisation

Improved psychological wellbeing — which can result in a reduction in workplace stress and associated absence, as well as more positive feelings about work

Better customer outcomes — healthier, happier staff are likely to offer better customer experiences

Greater staff motivation, flexibility, and retention – employees who feel looked after by their employer may be more committed to your organisation

What does ‘wellbeing’ cover?

Wellbeing is a broad term. Within HR, it can cover an employee’s:

Physical wellbeing

Emotional and psychological health

Personal values, such as self-confidence and resilience

Attitudes to work, such as having a sense of purpose or job satisfaction

Personal development at work

All of these can affect employee performance, and any might be the focus of measures to promote health and wellbeing at work.

Creating an employee wellbeing programme

While only around 8% of UK organisations have a dedicated ‘wellbeing strategy’ in places, more than half have at least one wellbeing benefit in place demonstrates that wellbeing is a common goal for HR departments.

Promoting emotional wellbeing – Why is emotional wellbeing above physical? Because the most commonly offered wellbeing benefits are access to counselling and employee assistance programmes (CIPD 2015). It’s hardly surprising, given the rise in stress-related absence in recent years.

Other initiatives for improving employees’ emotional and psychological wellbeing can include:

– Training in relaxation techniques, conflict resolution, anger management, or work-life balance

– Corporate social responsibility activities such as community projects or volunteering

My Staff Shop promotes physical wellbeing

Physical health is still important too. Initiatives and benefits you can reduce prices on to promote physical wellbeing include:

– Exercise programmes such as outdoor activities, kit for team sports, exercise groups or gym memberships

– Offering health benefits such as private healthcare

Wellbeing through personal and career development – When employee wellbeing is linked to job performance, it can also be boosted by improving job satisfaction and attitudes to work. My staff shop’s platform assist initiatives to enhance career development through training, mentoring, coaching, or promotion opportunities and personal development through activities to promote traits such as resilience, respect, team working, and assertiveness

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