We’ve been hearing more and more about wellbeing for a while now, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19. The pandemic affected so many people in so many ways; it’s no wonder that so many people are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing now.
Employers are more aware than ever of the importance of providing wellbeing support for employees – and the vast majority stepped up during the pandemic to help them deal with mental health issues, as well as provided flexibility around work hours for those battling with illness (e.g., long COVID). It’s good to know that so many forward-thinking organisations appreciate the impact that mental health difficulties can have on work and productivity and are prepared to do something about it!
Tech plays a part
Many employers turned to technology to help over the last two years by providing staff with free access to wellbeing apps and employee assistance programmes. Indeed, in a report from the Top Employers Institute, 83% of UK employers said they use wellbeing apps as part of their staff wellbeing support initiatives.
It’s not just mental wellbeing they’re taking into consideration either. They are also turning to technology to help reduce impacts on workers who are ill, e.g., encouraging the use of dictation apps instead of typing or finding technologies to conduct repetitive tasks. These changes help employees continue to be able to contribute, which, in itself, is often an important part of recovery.
A supportive culture
Establishing a wellbeing culture is really positive for any business and, according to HR Magazine, 80% of the top employers consistently use champions to drive initiatives forward amongst staff.
A company wellbeing culture comprises all sorts of elements; it isn’t just mental health by itself, but everything that contributes to better all-round wellbeing within the company. It’s about things like looking after remote workers, diversity and inclusion, making reasonable adjustments for disabled employees, helping people to feel valued, and supporting those grappling with illnesses (such as cancer or dealing with the unknowns of long COVID) – plus so much more.
Is it worth it?
Flexibility is the key to supporting these employees as they still have much to contribute and, if they can do so with the help of technology – asynchronously, for example – the company still benefits, and the employee still feels valued.
Is it all worth the effort though? Well, yes, it is! Looking after staff wellbeing improves productivity, engagement, retention, and loyalty, as well as reduces staff turnover. It means fewer sick days – and the bonus is that people tend to be more creative and motivated when in a supportive environment.
In short, supporting wellbeing is a sound investment and makes the workplace a better place to be for everybody.