A healthy workplace environment is ideal when it comes to maintaining a positive outcome in a stressful atmosphere. The most important thing that influences employee motivation and happiness, and how productive and efficient they can be, all goes down to their working environment.
Covid-19’s Impact on The Workplace
Rewind to 8 months ago…we were all thrown overboard into COVID-19 darkness, wearily tip toe-ing around on eggshells dripping in PPE and sanitizer – Sending an already stressed out nation into an even bigger dip of concern! Employers are confronting several complex factors that threaten to cause or exacerbate mental health challenges in the workplace. Employees continue to struggle with the direct threat of COVID-19; a recent MetLife survey found that 74% of workers are concerned about “at least one aspect of their well-being as a result of the virus.” Frontline workers face the daily trauma of putting their health at risk, teachers and parents are navigating distance learning, and office workers struggle to either adapt to long-term remote work or anxiously debate whether they are comfortable with a return to the office.
Why is a Healthy Workplace So Important?
Ensuring your employees are working within a healthy environment with a great company culture can keep employees productive and even help your company retain the best employees as happy workers are also more likely to stick around. Every company has their own corporate culture that determines its value and it usually creates a standard that employees generally follow. When you have created a positive workplace culture that is being practiced by employees as well as yourself, the environment of the workplace tends to be healthier as everyone would have nothing to be upset or unhappy about.
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Why Should Businesses Adopt an Employee Wellness Program?
The idea of creating an Employee wellness program has expanded more so this year, implementing a wellness strategy for struggling employees could be as simple as having a weekly check-in around a board room table to chat about the weekend and how each person is doing in their own personal life. The outome? Productivity goes up, customer service is outstanding, problems get solved, and people get creative. They like coming to work, they appreciate their employer, they work better with others, and they have high employee morale.
“You can’t just flip a switch when you step into the office and turn your emotions off. Feeling feelings is part of being human,” says author and illustrator Liz Fosslien.
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