Employee wellness is more important than ever – and we at OM knows what it takes to give workers what they need.
Businesses have long known that a healthy worker is a happy worker. Since World War II, employers have been giving their staff the means to keep their bodies in shape, starting with an emphasis on avoiding workplace injuries, and growing to provide gym facilities and healthy food. In the 21st century, a need to look after both body and mind has emerged – mental health is at the top of everyone’s priorities. But it isn’t a quick fix. Businesses must take a holistic approach to make sure all the needs of their workers are met.
Wellness begins with making employees feel valued and inspired. Giving employees perks such as snacks and drinks is a good treat, but to reward them for their service they need to feel like their employer has put a more considered effort into providing for them. This starts with the right workspace. A 2019 study from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands found that office design had a significant impact on the psychological satisfaction of employees.
To provide the perfect office, considerations must be made on the most granular level. Harsh overhead lighting can grind down an employee’s patience, but provide softer, adjustable lights, and it can instantly make them more comfortable. Toilets in office blocks have a bad reputation, but making sure they are beautifully designed, well stocked and attractively fragranced can make the experience all the more pleasant. Every detail has been considered to maximize employee comfort in a place they may spend more time in over the course of a week than their own homes.
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By choosing a progressive, flexible workspace provider, it takes the challenge of providing these things away from upper management, allowing them more time to concentrate on their core business’s productivity.
Once these external issues are fixed, you move to working on the internal. The World Health Organization says that employers can promote mental health by providing staff with resources to help. For example, companies could have access to therapists and doctors, giving staff somewhere to go if they are struggling.
It's essential to go above and beyond to provide wellness boosts, especially with all the stresses of 2020 and 2021.
It’s about giving the opportunity to be inspired throughout the working day by innovative speakers, rather than expecting maximum productivity when a worker doesn’t have time for themselves.
“Wellness is a leading component of the workplace evolution”