This is a guest post written by Esther Nagle of Balance and Breathe. Esther recently delivered a staff wellbeing day, as part of the Cultural Leadership Programme we ran for Menzies Aviation. She shares here ten reasons why wellbeing at work is so important for a healthy business.
Your staff are, without a doubt, your most valuable resources. You have hired great people, who bring a lot of value to your organisation. They want to do their very best for you. The participants in the Menzies Wellbeing Day were some of the most passionate people I have ever met about their work. They are so driven to do their very best for the company!
Sometimes, however, your staff might do this at the expense of their health. When this happens, they suffer, their families and loved ones suffer, their colleagues and clients suffer. Your business suffers.
Companies with corporate wellness programs such as Google, Asana and Microsoft know that investing in their staff wellbeing reaps dividends; both for the organisation and the staff!
Is wellbeing part of the culture?
Providing staff wellness programs helps; such as the Wellbeing Day Menzies provided for their leaders. But wellbeing in the workplace is about more than one-off interventions.
For corporate health and wellness programs to really make an impact, they need to be just that – corporate. It needs to form part of the make up of your company, not just a nice optional extra for a Thursday lunchtime.
- How does the culture of your business support wellbeing? Does it, in fact, do the exact opposite?
- Are staff encouraged to rest when tired or unwell, or to push on through?
- Is a lunchbreak a real thing in your company?
- Are staff encouraged and given space to talk about issues that concern them?
- How do you ensure that staff have good work/life balance?
These are just a few questions you could ask about wellbeing in your company culture.
There are many ways that you can improve the culture of wellbeing in your company. I am sure that The Innovation Beehive will be happy to help you look at your company culture, to see where changes could be made.
Here, briefly, are ten reasons why investing in company wellness is a good idea.
Happy, healthy people are able to function better, enabling them to be better at their jobs. This will naturally increase your main priority, the profitability of your business!
Stress leads to distraction and an inability to focus. Supporting staff to reduce stress and anxiety will naturally improve their focus on the job.
Increased innovation and creativity in the workplace
The stressed mind can only focus on survival. The relaxed mind can be creative and innovate, coming up with creative solutions to problems.
Reduced absence rates
Happy, healthy staff who feel valued at work will not need to take time off for stress, and other illnesses.
When your staff feel valued and cared for by you, they will be happier as a whole.
If your staff know that they are cared for in your organisation, they are less likely to seek employment elsewhere.
Compelling Return on Investment
Research carried out by Deloitte in a Europe Wide study found that workplace wellness interventions can produce a return on investment of up to 13.62 euros per euro spent. How much difference could this sort of return on investment make to your business?
Improved team working and relationships
Unhappy staff are more likely to complain to colleagues, to become irritable, to struggle to keep up and to have difficulties maintaining good relationships. This will all impact on team working and the environment all your staff work in.
Better customer service
Richard Branson is famous for saying “If you look after your staff well, they will look after your customers. Simple.” Staff who feel valued by the company will radiate that happiness out to customers, creating a better experience for your customers and increasing their satisfaction.
Improved reputation as an employer
If you want to attract the best people, they will want to know that they will be treated well. Employee wellbeing is an important aspect of what people look for in an employer. Awards such as the MIND Workplace Wellbeing Index is a powerful way for you to demonstrate your commitment to wellbeing in the workplace.
Healthy staff, healthy business
As you can see, there are many compelling reasons to promote employee wellbeing in your organisation. How could your company benefit from a greater focus on wellbeing at work?
About the author
Esther Nagle became a yoga teacher and wellness coach, after a breakdown forced her to leave her job. She loves to help people find strategies to manage stress effectively both in work and their personal lives. Esther is also a writer and international public speaker. You can find her at Balance and Breathe where she writes about stress and workplace wellbeing, yoga,recovery and personal development.