Why Your Company Should Have A Wellbeing Week
We are rallying workplaces across the Property & Construction industry to join us in prioritising your staff (more so than you do already) through the form of a Wellbeing Week. These types of initiatives are becoming increasingly more well-known and widespread every year, with companies across the industry flying the wellbeing flag. For example, Dr Judith Grant (Director of Health & Wellbeing at Mace) recently invited Mace’s employees to take part in a wellbeing survey as well as one-to-ones with herself to assess the ‘wellbeing’ of the overall business. We look forward to seeing what Mace introduce following on from this research.
Last month we had an out-of-the-ordinary week at Blayze Group; from office yoga to free, healthy breakfasts to seminars in mindfulness, we’ve been pulling out all the stops to promote wellness. You can read more about what we’re up to here. At Blayze Group we pride ourselves on the service we offer our candidates and clients, in order to do this, we acknowledge that the wellbeing of our staff is paramount.
But, if you’re still not convinced, we’ve delved deeper into what Wellbeing Week means and the value it can present to your company.
What Is “Wellbeing”?
At first an opaque, muddling phrase (“what does it even mean to be well?”) but as our Head of Business Psychology, Chris Heaslop, explains, it can be broken down very simply:
Your mental and emotional wellbeing. Otherwise seen as emotional resilience, mental health and the ability to manage thoughts, feelings and behaviours whilst at work. In Psychology Today’s ’10 Traits of Emotionally Resilient People’, behaviours from self-awareness to self-care translate effortlessly to the working world. Businesses could promote mental wellbeing through development meetings with external consultants or something as simple as a nightly e-mail curfew.
Your physical health. This includes, but is not limited to, nutrition, exercise and sleep; an organisation has a significant impact on all of these things, whether that is positive or negative. You may take the view that it is an individual’s own responsibility to manage this. Although we agree with this to some extent, it’s also crucial for business leaders to play a role here, such as through allowing lunch breaks to be used at the local gym, setting up bike storage in the car park or even taking part in industry events like runs or team sports.
That direction, connection and fulfilment. How connected do your employees feel to one another? Is purpose embedded into your organisation’s culture? Business leaders play an unequivocally key role in aligning, inspiring, energising and empowering staff and their drive. Likewise, there are numerous examples of what businesses can do here to build employee connection; from teambuilding days to embedding company values into the everyday.
It’s that relationship between available resources and a job’s demands that can shape wellbeing dramatically – the organisational context. It’s key for an organisation to consider ‘what’ and ‘how’ business activities are conducted combined with what tools and working environment employees need to operate effectively. Regular communication between leadership and employees is essential here; an annual routine of surveys and 1-to-1s to help sound out whether employees feel resources and demands meet one another.
To hear more from Chris Heaslop on psychology of the workplace, follow him on LinkedIn.
How Can Employees Who Are “Well” Impact Business Performance?
Happy employees are better employees. On every angle analysed in research, the evidence is overwhelming that businesses perform better when they invest in employee happiness. From the soft evidence of happy employees being happier on the phone leading to happier customers, to the fact that happy employees have been found to be 20% more productive than unhappy employees.
So, what can your business do about it? Read what we decided to do here for a bit of Wellbeing inspiration!
Are you ready to promote wellbeing in your own workplace? We are experts on advising clients on how to boost company culture and staff retention. Get in touch with Laura Padgett today: firstname.lastname@example.org | 0770 128 9379