While wellbeing sessions have a proven positive impact on people and culture, they are only effective when they are meaningful to everyone and are integrated into the work schedule.
Research shows that wellbeing is one of 12 identity elements that are critical success factors for fostering engagement and collaboration. Considering the many economic and geopolitical pull factors companies face today, how can you ensure you give your employees' wellbeing the space it needs?
Wellbeing as a critical success factor describes your physical, medical and psychological condition for you. It includes fitness, health, and the ability to maintain high energy levels in the remote world of work. It describes the extent to which your assumed strength and fitness or a potential illness represents an integral part of your identity. It is a combination of physical, emotional, and psychological integration that aligns with oneself and one's environment. Balance allows us to handle the pressures of our work gracefully. By identifying negative behaviours that cause stress in the workplace, we can develop responsibility for our health, giving us the tool to improve communication skills with others and, most importantly, with ourselves.
Our survey conducted during the sTARTUp Day 2022 showed the importance of wellbeing in company culture. Nonetheless, according to responses (n=308), many teams struggle with keeping up the good spirit.
Firstly, we recommend measuring the importance of wellbeing for your people. Then, collaboratively, explore what wellbeing means to them.
There are a variety of solutions to help people deal with stress in the workplace. Some companies have included wellness rooms for yoga or meditation, health training, sit-stand desks, nap time, and ergonomic seating. Looking at screens all day with our shoulders hunched and our eyes strained can drastically affect our physical health. Yoga, an ancient science especially helpful in today's chaotic lifestyle, has innumerable benefits. Even with just 20 minutes, it is straightforward to notice its impacts, such as increased energy, reduced stress levels, improved posture, and increased focus. A calm, resilient mind is crucial when dealing with a demanding work environment.
Everyone wants to be the best version of themselves, so companies need to prioritise their employee health if they want sustainable satisfaction and creativity. Frustration and anger from stress at work result in less motivated and less productive efforts. Nobody wants to experience defeating circumstances when solutions aren't there.
Nowadays, health and wellness have entered the discussion around what makes people feel better and do better. Even though technology has altered the way we relate to the world around us, surprisingly, it can make us feel more drained. It is essential to include a pause throughout the day for employees to connect with themselves in a way that transforms their communication, creativity, and satisfaction. If you want your company and employees to grow and be healthy, give them a break that makes them perform better and feel satisfied.
In summary, best practices are:
If you are interested in boosting employee wellbeing, get in touch! We would be delighted to help you leverage the outstanding opportunity of wellbeing in remote work.