Providing a workplace that promotes positive wellbeing for its staff is a key responsibility of all employers. Workplace wellbeing refers to both the physical and mental state of employees. While physical wellbeing covers essential elements such as access to natural daylight and temperature control, mental wellbeing is equally as important.
As many people spend more time with colleagues and clients than they do with family and friends, having a mentally healthy and safe workplace will encourage workers to perform their best. By creating a positive and productive environment, people will want to come to work.
There are a number of simple things that you can do as an employer to create positive wellbeing in your workplace. You don’t have to spend a lot of money and can engage your whole team.
Smart work design:
A pleasant work environment will lead to positive mental wellbeing for your staff. You may achieve this by establishing flexible working hours, and addressing a workplace culture of when, where and how you work. Involve your employees in the decision-making process of how work is performed to ensure that it will work for them.
Mental health awareness:
Talk openly about mental health in your workplace, and provide access to information in the form of brochures or noticeboards. You could participate in initiatives like World Mental Health Day or R U OK? Day to further raise awareness among employees and encourage open discussions about these issues.
The more that your staff feel supported, the more likely they are to be motivated and productive. Create a workplace environment that allows employees to share how they are feeling and any problems that they may encounter through open lines of communication. Employees should feel that they can trust their colleagues and managers, ensuring there is a clear process for managing stress.