Employee wellbeing has become an essential building block for team development in the business world and beyond. The pandemic created labor shortages across various industries as many individuals began to reassess their careers. Here are important points for managers to know how to support wellbeing in the post-pandemic era.
How Worker Wellbeing Affects Company Performance
The concept of wellbeing wasn’t commonly mentioned in last century’s business models. But this century many social and economic factors have led employers to rethink how they treat employees as a path toward sustainability. Organizations are increasingly placing a high value on sustainability, which includes safety for physical and mental health, as well as environmental issues.
Wellbeing matters because when employees don’t feel good about themselves or their jobs, their performance suffers. Since the employee mindset directly impacts company productivity, management must take it seriously. Wellbeing is now a crucial factor for attracting appropriate talent and reducing costly turnover.
Worker Wellbeing Characteristics
- Feeling safe about physical, mental and social health
- Feeling well on the level of holistic wellbeing
- Flourishing in terms of sustainable performance
Research Supports Emphasizing Wellbeing
Recent surveys reveal that employees now expect employers to help them achieve wellbeing. A JLL study from March 2022 found that 49 percent of employees remain stressed about their jobs. Similar figures reflect workers feel isolated from colleagues and risk burnout from workplace pressure.
The “great resignation” during the pandemic was a clear indication that many workers weren’t happy about their careers. They began to view work as a barrier between themselves and their families or personal goals. In order to rebuild a workforce, managers must count wellbeing as part of the workplace equation.
Keys to Support Wellbeing
- Create a regenerative workplace based on sustainability principles
- Move toward a worker-centric organization
- Allow for flexible scheduling of office, remote and hybrid work
- Take steps to ensure a safe work environment
- Engage with employees to clarify tasks and learn worker needs
- Offer “wellness days” to recharge
- Provide health support and insurance
Employers must rethink workplace priorities to emphasize wellbeing. Employees increasingly don’t want to work in environments that dismiss personal needs for health, flexibility and positive communication. Some of the solutions for achieving workplace resiliency include offering remote work, allowing for team collaboration and orchestrating a more energetic atmosphere. Essentially, employers must treat workers as valuable assets and promote a work-life balance.