When running your own business, you will want to be seeing the fruits of your labor emerge quickly in both the form of profit and growth. To do this, you need a team of people under your command who are going to produce work of the highest quality, sharing both your ambition and drive, in order to see the results that you are after. To get a workforce on board with this vision, you may initially think it is time to start cracking the whip, but this is, in fact, one of the things you should definitely avoid. A much better way to achieve success is to foster a healthy policy on wellbeing in the workplace and, in this guide, you are going to find out how.
Connecting the dots
The first thing that you need to understand as an employer is the inherent link between employee well-being and business success. This may seem counter-intuitive at first because the idea of wellbeing is far more associated with a person’s private life, rather than their professional one, but both impact on one another. If an employee of yours is having a difficult time at home or is dealing with an office issue, such as bullying in the workplace, this will have the inevitable effect of stunting their ability to produce good work and thus, their ability to contribute to the success of the company. By ensuring you have implemented a culture that takes into account employee wellbeing in the day to day running of the business, you will find employees not only feel comfortable, but are happier and therefore come to work feeling incentivized, appreciated, and valued.
Reap the rewards
One way to foster better wellbeing in your business is to find ways of improving employee engagement. This means that you are opening up a two-way dialogue between yourself and your workers, ensuring everyone feels listened to and that their opinions and worries are being taken seriously. By doing this, you are then able to view employee feedback instantly and implement the changes needed as well as being able to publicly praise those who are doing great work. These two elements will work in tandem to promote and maintain an office environment based on mutual respect which is the cornerstone of any good wellbeing initiative.
Improving the focus
One of the biggest downfalls a company can find its self in is that they have lost the attention of their workers. A lack of motivation will not only yield worse results for your business but also create an unpleasant place to work and have a negative effect on all staff. To this end keeping your workforce motivated for the best results is something essential when considering wellbeing because motivation is the key to enjoying work. One way of addressing this is to designate part of the office for silent work that employees can go to in order to avoid distractions and, perhaps, to start thinking creatively which, no matter what your sector, is the secret to innovation and success.
Now that you can see the clear link between wellbeing and success, you can start to make meaningful changes in your business.