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Contributing to the improvement of employee well-being should be one of the top priorities of any company or organisation. This increases not only employee satisfaction but also their motivation, productivity and, consequently, that of the entire company.
Below, we detail a set of possibilities that can be implemented in the company to make employees feel more at ease in their workplace.
Taking measures to balance your employee’s working day with their personal life is one of the things that makes your employees feel better. Allowing flexible working hours, offering teleworking or even offering childcare in your company are some options that your employee will value the most.
A large number of hours spent working means that comfort in the workplace becomes a vitally important factor. Having a good ergonomic chair, a powerful computer, updated software, quality material or a coffee machine are factors that contribute directly to the well-being of the worker.
Most people love challenges as they are a way to prove their worth and improve themselves, especially if accompanied by some kind of reward: promotion, salary increase, etc. It is important that goals are always achievable, measurable and challenging. Achieving them will make your employees feel satisfied.
Feeling the appreciation of their superiors for the work done is one of the most important factors for most workers. In addition, rewarding achievements, both financially and through other incentives, makes this recognition more tangible and with even more impact on your employee’s satisfaction.
Offering the employee facilities to improve their skills and knowledge is usually highly valued and offers many advantages for the company, as employees become more capable and see their self-esteem and satisfaction increase.
Organising activities outside the office, such as team building or afterworks, contributes directly to improving the working environment, one of the elements most valued by employees.
You should always seek consensus in all company decisions involving employees, either through meetings or participatory dynamics. In this way, you will achieve the identification of your employees with the organisation with all the advantages that this represents.
Eating healthily every day is one of the most important factors that contribute to the well-being of any person. Offering a varied menu at lunchtime will ensure the well-being and appreciation of your employees and will also reduce their fatigue. It is also important to provide a designated space so that employees who prefer to bring their food can also do so.
In addition to facilitating healthy eating at work, other actions will help to reinforce a healthier lifestyle for your employees. Organising sports activities within the company, collaborating on the costs of physical activities or even facilitating mobility by bicycle are some of the actions that can be carried out. It is also important to raise awareness about the harm caused by smoking and offer smoking cessation programmes.
Finally, and one of the most important factors in improving the well-being of your employees: involving all members of the organisation in the promotion of health and well-being will help the mental development of the employee and, consequently, increase individual and collective productivity. Offering courses for senior managers to learn how to manage stress and, on the other hand, offering relaxation courses to employees are examples that can help in the short term.
Ultimately, work is a fundamental part of most people’s life projects and a great deal of time, effort, energy and often years of study and preparation go into it. For this reason, workers have many expectations and desires for their work experience: recognition, respect, personal fulfilment, feeling of worth, feeling useful, interacting with others.
It is the responsibility of companies not to let their employees down and to put all possible efforts and resources into their well-being and motivation. In reality, it is an investment with a positive return for your organisation in the form of increased profitability and productivity.