Managers are often caught up in the day-to-day running of a business and making their workforce feel valued can often slip through the net; however, it is worth taking the time to acknowledge that you care for the health and wellbeing of your employees and the work they produce, with even small steps making a big difference.
Staff need to take regular breaks throughout the working day so that they can replenish their energy and motivation to carry on working. No matter how busy their schedules, show that you care and value their wellbeing by always encourage staff to take time out during the day. Create an area in the workplace to which staff can retreat for some much-needed relaxation breaks.
Perks are a great way to show staff that you value their contribution; fortunately, there are lots of ways you can introduce these without gobbling up your expenses budget. Find out what kind of incentives individual employees would appreciate most. For some, this could be the option to work flexible hours or remotely to fit in with family life, while others might value having discount vouchers for products or gym memberships.
Open door policy
Many employees feel separated from their managers and feel that there is an invisible line between staff and bosses. Do not shut yourself away in an office and make yourself unapproachable; instead, create an open door policy so that you are on hand to help if staff members want to talk to you about any aspect of their working lives. With mental health issues a big concern in the workplace, showing that you are approachable may help to encourage staff members to discuss any problems or concerns that might be affecting their wellbeing.
Even if staff do not need to talk over any problems, they will still feel valued knowing that you are there if required. Staff like to feel that they are being listened to; therefore, if someone does have issues and approaches you with them, make sure to address them or rectify the situation as far as you can. Failing to do so will demonstrate a lack of consideration for their feelings or personal situation.
Healthy work environment
Create a work environment that fosters health and wellbeing at every level. Aspects such as the right level of lighting and noise through to ergonomic considerations such as seating and work stations are important considerations. If you prioritise these elements, it shows that you care about your workforce.
Small changes can make a big difference to the look and feel of a workspace and can improve the health and wellbeing of those who spend their daily hours there. You might also want to consider offering free fruit or healthy snacks and drinks to promote all-round good health.