1. Provide healthy snacks
We are what we eat. One of the most important elements of health and wellbeing is a balanced diet. However, many people find it difficult to prioritise a healthy diet in their busy lifestyles.
Consider providing healthy food like fruit, vegetables, nuts, smoothies, and yoghurts in your staff room. It shows that you care about employee health and provides employees with convenient, nutritious snacks to munch on when they're having a busy day.
2. Make lunch break mandatory
Picture this. It's 12 o'clock and you're in the middle of an insanely busy work week. Your stomach is grumbling and it's time for your break. You glance at your inbox and the piles of papers on your desk, and decide to work through your lunch hour. We've all been there.
A great workplace wellness initiative is to make lunch breaks mandatory. That is, make sure your employees are taking their breaks. Employers can reinforce this by walking the walk. If employees see all the managers and higher-ups taking a lunch break every day, they'll be more likely to follow their lead.
3. Reward staff for a job well done with a healthy lunch
In any workplace, there are ample opportunities to dish out some praise and recognise great work.
A great way to reward team members for a job well done is by ordering them a healthy lunch. This makes an especially nice treat as healthy choices can be expensive. Your employees will thank you for the company lunch, as well as the opportunity to socialise informally as a team.
4. Reinforce the importance of sick days & time off for those with health issues
Workplace burnout is a thing. Although many factors can contribute to burnout, a big one is the notion that employees need to power through any struggles they're having.
Additionally, in the context of COVID-19, many people may feel wrongly pressured to go into the office when they're worried about getting sick or potentially presenting symptoms themselves.
To fight these kinds of situations, a great employee wellbeing strategy can reinforce the importance of sick days and health-related time off to employees.
Communicate this to your employees. Make sure they know this is a rule and not an exception. Staff shouldn’t feel obligated to come into work if they feel unwell. Likewise you should trust your employees enough to feel assured that they won't take advantage.
5. Ensure that your work environment has plants & lots of natural light
This might seem silly, but hear us out.
Natural light in the workplace has a documented relationship with employee productivity and wellbeing. Tellingly, a 2018 study by Dr. Alan Hedge of Cornell University showed that employees working in an office with optimised natural light experienced a 51% drop in eyestrain, a 63% drop in headaches, and a 56% drop in drowsiness.
Plants also have a positive effect on mental health by lowering anxiety and stress, improving concentration, and stimulating creativity.
There's no need to completely renovate your workplace to take advantage of the benefits of plants and natural light. Try arranging your office in a way that optimizes natural light exposure and investing in some pretty plants to place around the office and on employees' desks.
6. Set up mental health resources for employees
1 in 4 people struggle with some kind of mental health problem every year in England. This shows just how indispensable mental health-related employee wellbeing programmes are to a workplace. Rather than contributing to the £42 billion of lost revenue due to mental health-related absenteeism, give your employees the tools they need to take care of themselves.
If you're a manager, make sure your employees know your door is always open to talk about their wellbeing. Keep in mind that somepeople aren't comfortable talking about their health issues in a professional environment.
That’s why it’s important to also provide your employees with external mental health resources that they can take advantage of when needed, like those that Perkbox offers:
- 24/7 emotional support
- A free online GP
- An online health portal
- Stress-reducing benefits
- Healthy lifestyle choices