5 amazing workplace wellbeing initiatives we love
Mental wellbeing is extremely important in the workplace, and has recently begun to be recognised to be just as essential as physical wellbeing.
1) mental health resources.
It goes without saying that to take care of employees, useful resources should be easily accessible, should they need them. 1 in 4 of us experience a mental health decline each year, additionally the pandemic has certainly impacted our mental health in many ways. Having tools available for mental health such as access to therapy, onsite mental health first aiders (MHFAs), discussions at work to erase the stigma on talking about mental health and mental health training courses will help employees feel supported. Allowing employees who are expecting poor mental health to take time off would also help ease the pressure of having to be in the office whilst going through a tough time.
2) obtaining physical health.
Of course, physical, and mental wellbeing go hand in hand. Something as small as providing your team with a healthy breakfast at work can make a big difference to their day and overall health. If employees are stressed or running late for work, they may not have time to eat breakfast which is the most important meal to set them off for the day.
Encouraging employees to take regular breaks from work to stretch their legs and get some fresh air will enforce that being glued to the desk isn’t necessary! Organising group fitness activities such as yoga in the morning or walking / cycling to work highlights the importance of physical health to employees and may lead to some positive lifestyle changes.
3) create an inviting work environment.
It’s likely that employees who work in a strict environment will feel more uptight which can affect their productivity. Allowing employees to feel more ‘at home’ whilst working can boost their performance, besides, we’re not made to just sit in silence at our desks 24/7 contrary to old beliefs. Incorporating features such as music in the office, a house plant or two and casual dress when appropriate can create a homely working environment. This is especially comforting for those who have only recently returned to work after working remotely throughout the pandemic. This leads perfectly to our next point…
4) work-life balance.
Many workplaces have adapted to the huge change that has occurred during the pandemic to the present day. Offering employees flexible working options has been a huge boost in morale for a lot of people, as they prefer working from the comfort of their own home and do not have to face the daily commute. Others may prefer travelling into work as they feel they are more productive in the workplace. The key is to provide balance for employees, so they feel they are not constrained to working in the office all week.
By giving flexible working alternatives to employees, it’ll help them feel more empowered and in control of their lifestyle. They are less likely to feel burnt out or overworked as they may have before flexible working policies were introduced.
5) have fun.
Last and by no means least, we feel it’s so important to have fun with your colleagues! Organising a day out, weekend away or an awesome activity in the office, just like our puppy therapy sessions will create new positive experiences associated with work. Besides, who wouldn’t love to come to work and be surrounded by a litter of adorable, cuddly pups? This emphasises the value of life outside of work and is a great opportunity to get to know each other on a more personal level, therefore, strengthening relationships between colleagues.
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If you feel inspired by these wonderful wellbeing initiatives at work and would like to get a taste of what we have to offer, you can book puppy therapy or a mental health training course with us today! We look forward to working with you and helping you on your journey to transforming the workplace.
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