In 2016 an employee engagement poll run by Gallup highlighted...
87% of employees worldwide are not engaged at work
Companies with highly engaged workforces outperform their peers by 147%
Employee wellbeing is become increasingly recognised as a method of improving workplace performance as well as an organisation's financial performance, productivity and improved quality of service. For a business owner, there are some initial simple steps you can take, or improve, to help get the very best out of your employees...
At the initial stage of employment, provide an effective induction programme and be clear about what is expected of your team including feedback on performance and appraisal systems. Providing a health and safety induction should automatically feature in a new starter's employment programme as this is a legal requirement.
Good relationships have the potential to make workplaces healthy and productive. Develop good methods of communication and consultation arrangements. Encourage employees to share their views and ideas. Implement regular team meetings as a method of communication and sharing of information. Consulting with employees is another key part of your legal health and safety responsibilities.
Improving lines of communication can help employees share when necessary any outside workplace factors which may impact their working life. Factors such as relationship, family or debt problems can create stress or exacerbate normal pressures of work to excessive levels for some people.
Establish or enhance existing policies and procedures and cover arrangements such as supportive absence management procedures, dealing with bullying, use of drugs and alcohol and promote flexible working.
Where possible, include autonomy and responsibility for employees, this can help increase their performance and attendance rate.
Back and joint pain were responsible for 9.5 million lost working days in 2014/15. Be proactive and promote the importance of adopting correct working posture (whether sitting at the workstation or when lifting and carrying), encourage regular breaks or changes of activity and highlight the importance of reporting any health conditions promptly to avoid further deterioration.
You have a health and safety duty to take reasonable care of your employees. If one of your team suffers from work related ill-health, they may seek compensation and the court decides whether you should have been able to prevent it. By putting into place some simple straightforward measures can not only help generate a positive wellbeing culture but will help protect your business from the risk of legal penalties as well.
If you require support with implementing initiatives for your workplace please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.