we all know we should be looking after our physical and Mental Health
But are you supporting your employees with their social wellbeing...
Employee wellbeing has become a priority for many HR teams in the last year, with 42% of employers saying their staff’s health are wellbeing are paramount this year (Employee Benefits). But it’s not just about mental and physical health, we should be looking at wellbeing holistically.
To do this, you should look to see if your employee wellbeing strategy addresses all five pillars of wellbeing:
- Physical: eating well, exercise and sleep
- Digital: using technology in a healthy way
- Financial: addressing money and financial stress
- Emotional: supporting emotional and mental health
- Social: keeping people connected
If just one of these areas has affected us, our wellbeing as a whole can be too. In this blog, we take a look at social wellbeing: what it is, why it’s important for employee wellbeing and how you can help…
What is social Wellbeing?
Social wellbeing is all about having a sense of belonging and feeling connected to the people around us and we have the time to communicate to stay connected and contribute to our social groups.
As an employer, it’s important to create an environment where everyone can be their whole selves at work. You should promote a culture of collaboration, knowledge sharing and a place where people can connect and build relationships with each other.
Why is Supporting Your Employees With Their social Wellbeing Important?
As an employer, you might feel like you shouldn’t be involved in your employee’s social wellbeing. But creating a place employees feel like they belong isn’t just good for their wellbeing, it can be good for business too.
Employees that have a sense of belonging are more likely to be more engaged, more productive, and work at their best. Here’s how you can help…
How Can Employers Help?
1. Have regular short team meetings
Whether it’s in small or large teams, having regular catch ups can help people feel included and give them the opportunity to catch up with colleagues, particularly while many of us are still working from home. But make sure they stay short; it can be all too easy for us all to end up with a day filled with video calls and not have any time to ourselves to recharge and get some work done.
2. Encourage staff to organise clubs
From a monthly book club to sport teams or a cookery society, encouraging your teams to organise something they’re interested will allow them to explore their hobbies and interests and connect with people they might not interact with on their day to day. These can be cost effective by working with your employees on how much you can contribute to their club, if any monetary support is needed.
3. Create a culture of recognition
Being recognised for our contribution can go a long way to helping us feel connected and valued. Create a culture where everyone is encouraged to say thanks to their colleagues for a job well done, whether that’s a simple thank you email, an e-card or even a voucher, there are many ways to say thanks for a good job.
4. Remember to try to cater to everyone when organising social events
Whether it’s an online quiz or a cook along, you’re likely to attract different types of employees. When planning your social calendar for the year, whether the events move to in person or stay online, try to make sure all your employees will find something enjoyable. If you’re not sure where to start, why not ask them!
5. Offer flexible working
Allowing your employees to have more say in when and where they work will allow them to adapt their schedule so they can meet up with friends or family or take part in hobbies outside of work hours.
How we can help:
We know that offering a comprehensive staff wellbeing policy that suits all employees isn’t always easy. If you want to learn more about the ways you can support your employees’ health and wellbeing, why not get in touch with our experts? They can help guide you through solutions and plans you can put in place to help your staff.