Forget the image of a dispassionate Henry Ford-type assembly line! It’s more important than ever to promote your employees’ well-being—in fact, many companies see it as a priority. And they’re not mistaken: today a company’s performance is recognized as being closely linked to its employees’ level of satisfaction.
So how do you combine business performance and individual fulfillment? Here are five tips for developing an employee well-being program that encourages employee involvement and, at the same time, promotes your company’s growth.
1-Offer employees recognition for their work and achievements on a daily basis
Lack of recognition in the workplace is known to be one of the main contributors to employee apathy. Everyone needs to find meaning in what he or she does: regular feedback increases employee confidence as well as provides motivation to take on other tasks.
Recognition means thanking, encouraging, and congratulating employees for their collective and cooperative efforts as well as for their individual achievements.
2-Involve employees in business decisions
Many organizations have replaced the traditional vertical, hierarchical business model with a more decentralized one.
Create a more participatory environment by being transparent with your employees and encouraging them to express their opinions about the company’s performance (its projects, goals, earnings, work flow, shareholding, wages, etc.), as well as by encouraging informal exchanges between employees and management.
3-Keep employees informed through internal communication
Communication ensures unity. Transparency guarantees trust.
It is by sharing the company’s global view with the entire team that a culture of mutual support is successfully created.
A decision-maker must always be read to share his or her projects, strategies, goals, risks and results with others. In doing so, a leader only becomes a more trusted member of the team.
4-Create an inviting space where employees feel comfortable interacting with each other
Creating a work-free space within the company provides employees with a congenial environment where they can focus on friendships and relax. These activities help relieve daily stress and also increase employee productivity.
As an example, PepsiCo has even created some “well-being zones” that are pleasantly scented and equipped with light therapy.
5-Offer group activities during non-work hours
Group activities outside of work hours are a great way for employees to get to know each other. Social harmony within the company also ensures that staff members work together well and are productive.
Special lunches, sports, yoga and friendly competitions are just a few of the many opportunities possible—there are countless activities available and more ambitious offerings could even include company choirs, theatrical plays or more.
A Few Rules to Follow
- A positive culture takes commitment: getting together just once a year will not create a cooperative environment.
- Initiatives should be employee-driven, communicated through their managers. An employee could be appointed as the head of the company’s activities committee.
- Participation in group activities is optional: all activities should be offered as a choice and not an obligation.