How to Promote a Healthier Working Environment
The workplace environment can have a direct impact on the overall success of a business. A healthy working environment can help with key areas like morale, motivation, teamwork, performance and employee retention. With this in mind, we consider 4 ways employers can promote a healthier working environment.
Consider the physical environment
The average person spend a lot of time in their workplace, over 90,000 according to The Independent. With this in mind, it is important to consider how factors such as natural light, facilities and open-plan seating can impact on employee wellbeing.
Promote an active workforce
Exercise comes with many benefits including boosting concentration, decreasing fatigue, enhancing overall cognitive functions and aids with stress release. There are plenty of initiatives you can take to promote an active workforce, such as installing bike racks at your office, starting a running club or offering subsidised gym membership.
Train, educate and mentor
As your best resource, show prospective and existing employees that you want to invest in them. Make them aware of training opportunities, and be transparent about possible career paths. Successful mentoring programs drive greater employee satisfaction, better retention rates and increased worker wellbeing.
Think outside the box
Although it's great to have a long term employee engagement & retention strategy, sometimes small ad hoc initiatives can make a real difference to employee wellbeing. For example, if the weather is nice, why not consider taking a meeting outside? The new surroundings may encourage a fresh perspective.
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