Cultivating Wellbeing at Work: Supporting Your Team

Employee wellbeing proven to be essential in determining overall job satisfaction and productivity. At Fieri, our experience working with teams demonstrates that a workplace that prioritises the wellbeing of its employees reaps the benefits of increased employee engagement and retention in addition to creating a more positive environment in which to work. In this blog, we’ll explore the importance of wellbeing at work and offer a blueprint for creating a happier and healthier workplace.

Understanding Wellbeing at Work

Wellbeing at work encompasses physical, mental, and emotional health. It goes beyond the absence of illness or stress and includes factors like job satisfaction, work-life balance, and a supportive work culture. When employees feel their wellbeing is a priority, they are more likely to be motivated, committed, and resilient and perform to the best of their ability.

The Benefits of Prioritising Wellbeing

Above all, wellbeing initiatives demonstrate a commitment to employees, which can improve employer-employee relationships and enhance a company’s reputation as an employer of choice, helping to attract and retain top talent.

  1. Increased Productivity: Employees who feel their wellbeing is supported are more focused and efficient in their tasks. They are also less likely to be absent due to illness or burnout.
  2. Higher Job Satisfaction: A workplace that values wellbeing is more likely to have satisfied employees who are committed to their jobs.
  3. Lower Turnover: Companies that prioritise wellbeing tend to retain their employees longer, reducing recruitment and training costs.
  4. Improved Mental Health: Promoting wellbeing at work can lead to reduced stress and anxiety among employees.

Sustaining Wellbeing at Work

Wellbeing doesn’t always involve group yoga sessions of fitness Fridays after work. Instead, wellbeing encourages employees to maintain a healthy balance between work and personal life. This might involve making policies that support flexible working hours or remote work options when possible. Here are five ways you can work with your team to start improving wellbeing at work:

  1. Encourage Social Connections: Organise team-building activities, social events, or support employee-led affinity groups. Strong social connections at work can boost morale. At Fieri, our team recognises how important these opportunities are and makes a conscious effort to ensure we have regular opportunities to meet up outside of work.
  2. Open Communication: Maintain transparent and open lines of communication between management and employees. Encourage feedback and actively listen to concerns. No matter where employees are in your organisation, they should always feel empowered to be able to speak to whoever they need to in your organisation regardless of level.
  3. Recognition and Appreciation: Recognise and reward employees for their hard work and achievements. Acknowledgment goes a long way in boosting morale.
  4. Provide Opportunities for Growth: Offer training and development opportunities, and encourage employees to set career goals and pursue them within the organisation.
  5. Lead by Example: Senior leadership should demonstrate a commitment to wellbeing by practicing work-life balance, taking breaks, and prioritising their own mental and physical health.