For a thriving business, you need thriving employees.
It has always been said that success at work leads to happiness, but this is not always the case. Although success can bring happiness, to create great work, the employees’ health, wellbeing and happiness are the most important factor.
For any business, it is important that those working for you are fit, healthy and happy.
This is done by creating a work culture that promotes health in all areas of their lives.
Since many individuals spend most of their adult life at work, it is no surprise that they want to be happy.
There is no doubt that placing an emphasis on employee health and well-being contributes heavily to an employee’s overall engagement within the business.
Promoting health is no longer seen as an initiative that yields ‘soft’ results. Instead, health promotion ensures that your staff want and like to be at work.
Over time, this can have a drastic effect on the business’s performance in a positive way.
So, it is no surprise that when an employee is thriving, engaged and enjoying their work, they are less likely to look for another job.
When it comes to running a business, employee turnover should be a worry. This is because high employee turnover can only mean negative effects on a business. When staff members leave, there are varying reactions that can take place in a business.
Firstly, work does not get done, leading to clients potentially being left waiting and/or their work being placed further down the list of importance.
Secondly, increased employee turnover can add extra cost in the hiring process.
So from here, it’s true that a working environment with more engaged employees is less likely to observe regular or high employee turnover.
As an employer, employee health and wellbeing are vitally important for the employee but also it has proven benefits for the employer in that productivity increases.
Happier and healthier employees are shown to regularly outperform those who are in business which do not promote health and wellbeing. This is important to note, because for a long time many companies believed investing in employee health schemes was a waste of money.
In recent years, this has changed. Through people like Richard Branson, Bill Gates and other influential figures advocating corporate health and happiness, health has become a more widely accepted part of the business culture.
As stated, it was once thought that promoting health did not necessarily add to the bottom line. However, we now know this to be false.
Research shows that there is a new trend in business, today. A trend that says good health is good business.
Proving that employee health and wellbeing can improve the businesses Return on Investment, all businesses could benefit.
So, go beyond just healthy eating tips with your team and create a whole program.
A large part of adding value to your employees comes from their engagement within the company. Providing employees value and a culture that supports them mentally and physically is vital and will enable them to do their best work.
There are many ways to do this and this list is not exhaustive but can include:
• paying for employees to upskill
• providing a nice place to eat
• implementing health and well-being schemes
• employee helpline
It is fair to say each of these activities can bolster the bottom line, improve general employee engagement and happiness and therefore lead to less employee turnover.
Remember, providing value is what you do as a company. Allow your employees the same courtesy and watch them flourish as you enable them to do their best work.