How to improve health and wellbeing at work

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Workplace health and wellbeing is a comprehensive approach to caring for employees' physical and mental health. In the past, workplace health and safety focused on lowering physical risk and preventing accidents. Businesses are now focusing on measures to protect employees' mental health, giving factors like stress and work-life balance the same importance as physical safety.

Despite having the best of intentions, the way work is structured in many businesses may be damaging to the health and wellbeing of employees. Many people experience tremendous stress as a result of their working circumstances, and research has shown that how work is organized can have a big impact on both employee health and wellbeing as well as healthcare costs.

Changing working environments to promote wellbeing may have a positive impact on job performance (including higher productivity) and on decreasing employee burnout. Also, employees who are in good physical and mental health use fewer sick days and are less inclined to switch professions.

Here are a few points that can help improve wellbeing at work:

· Workers have more control over their work.

The combination of high work demands and low job control significantly increases the risks of diabetes and death from cardiovascular causes. Even relatively small changes in worker autonomy can make a difference in employee wellbeing.

· More flexibility about when and where to work.

This can be achieved by simply allowing different starting and stopping hours and making it simpler to swap shifts for tasks that must be completed on-site.

· Recognize employees for their hard work.

One thing that all people have in common is the need to be valued. The workplace is no exception. While 89% of employers assume that workers leave for a better-paying job, only 12% actually get a salary increase at the new workplace. What’s more, 77% of employees say they would work harder if they were more appreciated.

· Support personal needs.

Managers must be more understanding of the difficulties that employees experience in taking care of children and elderly parents. Balancing personal and professional life is essential for employee wellbeing.

· Social connection in the team.

Developing a supportive work environment where employees can build relationships with their coworkers can be a key technique for improving employee wellbeing. Workplace interactions are linked to less psychological discomfort, which is a sign of poor mental health.

Companies that care about their employees’ health and wellbeing will be more likely to have employees who care about the company’s health and wellbeing too.

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