What can HR do to promote employee wellbeing?
More than one in three office workers are too busy to take time out for health and wellbeing activities, according to my recent findings and research.On top of this, nearly one in ten (nine per cent) do not exercise at all.
Wellbeing requires refocusing from HR When you look at holistic wellbeing, this includes your organizational and environmental wellbeing, which has a massive impact on individuals.
If organizations truly commit and act to support organizational wellbeing and look at it holistically, then people become happier, healthier, deliver high performance, deliver loyalty, and give discretionary effort. They also become massive advocates of our cause and organizations products and services.
Employee wellbeing stems from leadership, if organizations look at wellbeing as a subject or an individual piece of activity they will fail. It’s about a different way of thinking and supporting your organization’s people. Not all companies have money to invest in health and wellbeing, but how a manager or leader responds to an individual and their specific needs around wellbeing is essential. Without strong leadership, organizations can have all the fancy benefits, policies and procedures. But, if implemented wrong or incorrectly supported, staff will lose confidence.
It is up to the employers to create an atmosphere of wellbeing. Employers need to create a more positive and proactive health culture across their organisation to improve the health and wellbeing of their workforce and to help reduce future health risks. Employers need to lead by example and create a culture where people are encouraged to discuss mental health and feel supported to raise concerns.
Managers also need to be trained to spot the signs and know how to support employees to get the right help. If an employee does experience poor mental health, early intervention is key, which is why it’s so important that employees can receive fast and effective confidential support, helping them to recover sooner.
By taking workplace health and wellbeing seriously and creating a preventative culture, businesses will reap the long-term benefits of having a strong, motivated workforce for the long-term.