want to help your staff feel their best?
Here's 9 ideas for staff wellbeing...
Today is Blue Monday, a day claimed to be the most depressing of the year, based on cold, winter nights and a lack of festive cheer. And this year might be the worst yet. But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, there are plenty of things we can all do to help ourselves feel better.
When we’re all feeling our best, we can make the most out of our lives. Whether that’s being able to spend quality time with our family, having energy for hobbies we enjoy, or feeling productive at work, being happy and healthy is important
To help us stay feeling our best, it’s important to look after our physical and mental health, from getting active to making sure we socialise and manage stress. As an employer you might be looking at ways that you can help your employees, and in turn improve their wellbeing, wherever your employees are based.
Improving your staff wellbeing doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated, and there are plenty of ways you can help boost your employees mental and physical health. Here’s 9 ideas to get you started:
Helping your employees manage their physical health:
There are some key basic things your employee can do to help their physical health stay in top shape, including:
1. Eating well and staying hydrated
A healthy balanced diet can help us all feel our best. There are some key basics that we all should remember, including eating our five a day, getting enough protein as well as drinking plenty of fluids (at least 6 to 8 gasses a day).
It can be difficult to know how you can help your employees without coming across as patronising. So try getting creative with it. You could try:
- Arranging a nutritionist to come talk to your team about simple ways they could be eating better (virtually, of course)
- Have your team send around their favourite healthy recipes, you could even turn it into a competition to see who has the best recipe
- You could also have the amateur chef in your team do a healthy eating cook along, which is a bonus as it can be a great team building activity too
2. Staying active
Exercise has many benefits. According to the NHS it can boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and benefits, as well as reducing your risk of stress and depression. In winter it can be difficult to get motivated to get out and get active, particularly when the longer and darker nights draw in. Why not encourage your employees to take their lunch break to go for a walk (or run!), or if they weather isn’t cooperating there are plenty of online workouts available. As an expert in employee wellbeing, we’ve put together a free Employee health and wellbeing pack, which includes exercises you can do from the warmth and comfort of home.
If you want to go one step further, you could offer a cycle to work scheme. For employees who are keen on cycling, or those who are thinking of starting a new hobby, it’s a great way for them to get a new bike and save up to 42% in tax and NI contributions. Now, many of us won’t be using this to commute to the office for a while, but that doesn’t mean they can’t use it for a ride round the park during the week to break up their day.
3. Health Screenings
Taking the time to attend regular health screenings can help with our overall wellbeing, and detect any potential health issues before they happen. Not all employees will be able to access this on their own, so why not offer them a health screening service? You can choose to pay for it in full or have employees pay through net pay deductions (saving them up to 20% RRP).
Keeping an eye on their mental and emotional wellbeing
Looking after our mental health is as important as looking after our physical health, but it can be tricky. Here are a few ideas:
4. Remember to show your appreciation
Feeling valued and appreciated is an important motivator for a workforce and can help boost morale. A small, but significant, gesture let’s your employees know what their ongoing efforts at work are noticed and appreciated. Whether it’s a surprise delivery in the post, or a voucher so they can treat themselves to a little something, a little something to reward your employees for their hard work can go along way.
5. Don’t forget to socialise
With many of us working from home, we might be missing out on the social aspects of being in an office. Whether that’s grabbing a coffee together in the morning, bumping into people in the hallway or chatting to your team throughout the day, social interaction is important to stop us feeling lonely and isolated.
Make sure you’re still spending time talking to your teams, and not just about work (virtually, of course!). Whether that’s arranging a weekly coffee morning to chat about what’s going on in your lives, or get together on a Friday afternoon before the weekend kicks in.
6. Consider an employee assistance programme
According to Mind, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England. Supporting your employees through these will not only help them manage their mental health issues but show that you’re an employer that really cares.
One way you can do that is offer an employee assistance programme (EAP). Or EAP can help your employees with free, confidential mental health support including counselling by BACP-accredited counsellors, e-mail, and phone support 24-hours a day, all year round.
Taking control of their finances:
Anyone can have money troubles, and they are a leading cause of stress and anxiety, which can affect your employees mental and physical health. There are a few ways you can help your employees with the finances
7. Offer employee discounts
Help your employees make their salary go a little but further every month with our exclusive employee discounts. Whether that’s their weekly shop, some new tech for the house, or even a new car.
You can choose the option that suits you, and your employees, most with discounts available across eVouchers, gift cards, cashback card and even a dedicated mobile app.
8. Look at salary deduct schemes
From everyday essentials to luxuries, you can improve your employee’s ability to afford what they need by contributing funds directly from their payslip. From the latest tech, to extra annual leave to help achieve a great work life balance, or even a new car, there are many options to help your employee’s stretch their pay a little further.
9. Help them manage their financial wellbeing
Even with our best planning, an unexpected expense can put us all in a tight spot. Helping your employees manage their financial troubles can really help staff wellbeing in the workplace. Our financial wellbeing services can help your employee take important steps to financially secure their future, whether it’s debt consolidation and employee loads to financial education.
How we can help improve your staff wellbeing
We know it isn’t always easy to know what to offer your staff to help improve their wellbeing at work. If you want to learn more about the ways you can support your staff, and how they benefit, why not get in touch with our team? They can help guide your through solutions and plans you can put in place to improve your staff wellbeing.