To answer this question quickly, no. Nothing is more important than your well-being. However, this isn’t a blog that is going to promote quitting your job to find your-self on a journey to inner peace. In light of National Work Life Week, we aim to keep it realistic by educating you on the issue of mental well-being deterioration that results from matters like poor work-life balance with recommendations of how employers and/or employees can make a real difference.
First and foremost, why is well-being an important factor in business? There is a positive correlation between business success and employee satisfaction. Therefore, tackling and preventing well-being issues like mental illness is in your best interest; happy employees are more emotionally invested in their work thus more productive.
The key to a successful business: How you can prioritize employee well-being
Flexible working contracts:
One of the most effective methods arguably is the use of flexible working contracts. Flexible working arrangements allow the employee to take control, within reason, of the time and location in which they work, to help manage work-life balance, reduce stress and increase overall job satisfaction. Some popular examples of flexible working arrangements are part-time, flex-time, job-sharing, work from home and a compressed work week. The flexibility they provide has provides a vast improvement on work life balance thus quality of life and well-being which has a direct impact on productivity within the workplace.
Appraisal and recognition:
These are simple but effective methods to improve employee well-being that are often forgotten about. Employers often skip over what employees do well to discuss what areas they can improved on, due to the continuous cycle of striving for greater successes. Simple words of affirmation and recognition of good work can be all it takes to achieve greater efficiency as this positive feedback can increase positivity and motivation.
Instilling formal mental health initiatives:
By formalizing company policies regarding mental health, you are proactively prioritizing it. An example of this could be introducing mental health days or allowing personal leave that can be taken for personal reasons, at late notice and without judgement or medical certification. Another example could be to offer free counselling, on request, that is outsourced and confidential. This can provide peace of mind that the service is there if they ever require it and that their matters would be dealt with privately.
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