Your employees are perhaps your organization’s most valuable asset. And these days, they’re under more stress than ever. They’re worried about their families, their health and their job security. Many on your team may even be dealing with the negative aspects of social isolation.
These issues can contribute to insomnia, a dependence on alcohol and other substances, unhealthy eating habits, and other wellness-damaging activities. And that’s on top of the depression and anxiety that most everybody’s experiencing.
You’re a leader—not only in your industry, but in your community. And as such, you can play a big part in contributing to the wellness of your employees. It’s understandable if you’re more familiar with running a business than with being a champion for wellbeing, so here are some tips that will help—and even improve employee satisfaction and productivity.
Mental Health Should Be Your First Priority
Mental health and our mental wellbeing has taken precedence in the social consciousness.
Many employers are on board with helping their team members’ mental health, but don’t know where to start in establishing an approach that actually enhances it.
Here are some things that leaders can do
- Encourage employees to schedule time off
- Make it known that mental health days are available
- Ensure that work schedules are as flexible as possible
- Investigate expanding your healthcare benefits offerings to include things like an employee assistance program (EAP) or virtual mental health support
- Promote work-life balance by encouraging employees to keep their work to business hours and avoid their email inboxes after hours
These days, people are looking to work for organizations that have compassionate and empathetic leaders who will support them through tough times. Your team will feel a sense of loyalty and commitment due to your understanding and intentional focus on wellbeing.
Be Transparent With Your Team
Just because you’re using virtual platforms or the telephone to communicate doesn’t mean you should emotionally disconnect from your team. In fact, a video chat is often an even simpler way to connect than a trip to someone’s office or cubicle.
Regardless of the platform, your discussions should be open and transparent about everybody’s mindset and the company’s status. Your honesty about where the business stands will encourage your team to be honest with you. Once the staff is upfront about how they feel, it gives you a chance to step in and help.
Not everybody has an easy time being that open during conversations. Consider getting employees to fill out confidential feedback surveys to get valuable information about their wellbeing.
Employees will appreciate that you value their input, and you can create processes that keep them fulfilled at your company.
Keep Everything Positive
Now more than ever, people need encouragement.
Your team is filled with high performers, and sometimes they need to be reminded of their abilities and their worthiness. Even the most productive employees hit walls and require a nudge forward. Seek out ways to give struggling talent a win and show them gratitude. From there, they’ll be better equipped to re-engage in their work and feel a sense of loyalty to you for lifting them up.
ITAC Solutions Can Help You Improve Employee Wellbeing and Productivity
Supporting your team and ensuring they have a manageable workload is the best approach to improving employee productivity. And recruiting is the key to both.
Good recruiting takes more than reading a resume or job description. At ITAC Solutions, we make it our mission to understand and reveal the deeper, more important information.
For our candidates, we put in the time to help you find not just the job you can do, but the career you can love.
For our clients, we make sure you find the professionals who don’t just meet your technical expectations, but also align with your company’s unique culture and values.
To get started with ITAC, call us today.