Being in charge of a team comes with a whole host of new responsibilities, but one that must not be overlooked is taking responsibility for the wellbeing of the staff under your supervision. Making sure you are putting effective strategies into action to help your team feel valued and supported in their job will have the sought-after benefit of increasing productivity and heightening the quality of work they are producing. In this highly competitive job market, having a clear wellbeing policy being implemented to look out for your team will increase the longevity of their services and aid staff retention, so that you are able to hang onto the best and brightest in the company. In this guide, you will be taken through several easy ways you can start making changes in your workplace for the benefit of the staff, that you will be thanked for.
Knowing where to start
You can start improving the workplace environment by learning what the five elements of well-being are and asking yourself if these markers of an upstanding office are already in place or need some improving. For example, one of these elements is career wellbeing, which refers to how much your employees are enjoying the work they are being given and how motivated they are to do a good job of the tasks you have set them. A good way to implement this is to look at the structure of your company and see what career progression is available to your staff, and perhaps thinking of some new, interesting roles to make them want to claim the ladder in this organization. Another element to consider is social wellbeing. This involves allowing them the flexibility to deal with hard times. For example, if one of your workers’ children are having trouble at school, it would be worth allowing that person the extra time in the morning to start later to resolve issues before work. Doing this will mean your employee is calmer, less stressed, and more likely to continue giving their best.
Rewarding hard work
Making sure employees feel valued is a key to wellbeing, and one way of doing this is to use some kind of reward system. Flexible benefits will let workers know that, when they do exceptional work, there is more in it for them than just a thank you thrown their way. This will help keep motivation and productivity high, whilst giving your workers something to enjoy while off the clock.
Being a true mentor
A factor that you cannot underestimate when it comes to the wellbeing of staff is the role you play as their boss. It is important to know how to support an emotional employee when they are going through a difficult time, lend a sympathetic ear, and, at times, offer advice and flexibility that can help them get through this difficult time. Rather than ignoring the issues or equating these emotions to weakness, find the strength still hidden in there and give them the time to work through it.
Employee wellbeing at work can’t be overlooked, as it will directly equate to your employee’s output and quality of work. Being a good boss means looking out for your own and, with this guide, you can now do that is an effective and caring way.