Healthy and happy employees lead to a motivated workforce and in turn this can have a positive impact on your business. It is important to remember to also focus on factors that fall outside of the traditional health and safety concerns within the workplace.
What are the benefits of encouraging workplace health?
As an employer you can help create a healthy, safe and positive workplace for your employees, in turn your company will benefit from:
•motivated employees – leading to a more productive workforce;
•reduced absence – happy, healthy employees are less likely to take sick days;
•reduced staff turnover – leading to reduced recruitment and training costs;
•an enhanced reputation – be seen as positive and caring.
How can I reduce stress on my employees?
There are some common stressful situations that you can manage to support your employees, a few examples are as follows:
•develop good professional relationships – your employees will feel more supported and involved;
•encourage short breaks – allow your employees to take a breather, maybe go for a short walk;
•holiday – encourage your employees to use the holiday they are entitled to;
•recognise achievements – a ‘thank you’ for doing a good job goes a long way;
•manage workloads – talk with your employees to set realistic targets;
•be approachable – you may be busy yourself but your support can make all the difference to your employees and show them you care.