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7 Things Companies Can Do For Employee Wellbeing

One of the most important things a company can do in today’s times is to make employee wellbeing a priority. With the modern world being so busy, burn out can happen quickly if a person’s work-life balance is off.  While it’s the employee’s responsibility to take care of him or herself, knowing that their employer is looking out for them will boost employee morale and incentivize employees to want to do better. Employee wellbeing is how a job’s stress levels, environment, and expectations affect overall health and mental wellness. Here are 7 ways you can implement employee wellbeing into your business strategy.

1. Give Them the Ability to Disengage

One of the biggest causes of work-related stress for people is not having the chance to disengage when they are off the clock. When employees are expected to respond to respond to emails, take phone calls, and/or work on projects when they are supposed to be out of the office, (whether it’s for the evening or weekend) they don’t get the opportunity to rest and recharge. In order to regularly show up and do their best work, employees need time to stop thinking about their jobs and attend to their personal lives. Some of them will feel obligated to work off the clock even when they are not asked to, therefore it’s important to make it clear that they are not obligated to be working on their personal time.

2. Offer Employee Appreciation Incentives

An employee who feels appreciated will always do more than what’s asked of him or her. That is why it’s essential to show them tokens of your appreciation. Every month or so, provide refreshments that employees can enjoy on their breaks. If an employee is going through a difficult time, send him or her flowers or a card signed by the whole team. Honor accomplishments by custom ordering a plaque or framed certificate. If an employee is doing well with sales or recruiting, offer them the incentive of an extra vacation day or purchase them a gift card. Just be sure incentives are offered to all employees, not just those who can deliver tangible results. Offerings like this will make them much more excited about coming to work every day.

3. Provide Health Related Discounts/Opportunities

Getting active will benefit employees in both their personal and professional lives. It is an overall mental health booster and will give them more energy to help them through their days. Offer to pay for part of a membership to a local gym. Offer a reimbursement plan for active wear. If you have the funds and space, create a workout room for employees to use during their breaks or after work. You could even hire a virtual trainer once a week for the entire office to participate in a movement session. Some companies even organize friendly weight-loss or get healthy competitions. This can also contribute to employee camaraderie which leads to a positive company culture.

4. Be Sure Employees Take Vacation

Did you know that more than half of Americans don’t use all of their vacation days in a year? While some companies offer payout for employees that don’t use them by a certain date, taking time away from the office is actually very important. Employees who never get away are more prone to sleep deprivation, illness, and burnout; which in turn leads to call outs and lower job performance. There are a number of reasons employees forfeit their vacation days, one of the biggest ones being that company culture discourages it whether directly or indirectly. This can look like high-level executives never taking time off, strict vacation policies, lack of communication around vacation policies, and/or negative talk about time off. As an employer, it is your responsibility that your employees know that they are entitled to take their vacations. Also be sure that someone takes at least a portion of their responsibilities while they’re away. This way they aren’t returning to a mountain of work when they get back.

5. Be Conscious of Scheduling and Turnaround Time

Have you ever heard of the term “clopening”? This is a term mostly applicable in service positions such as restaurants or retail where business hours are nearly all day. From an employee perspective, it is incredibly exhausting when you work the closing shift, just to return a few hours later to open. Some companies are notorious for giving employees fewer than 8 hours in between shifts which doesn’t take into account their commute home and back nor their need to eat and freshen up. People get jobs to live, they do not live to work, so be sure that you are treating them like humans and not like machines.

6. Organize Company Outings

One thing that motivates employees to put their best foot forward is having events to look forward to. Doing things together as a company will ensure that employees disengage and enjoy themselves, at least for one day/night. If you have a team of mostly females, a spa day is always a popular idea. If you have a team of mostly males, a sporting event in the middle of the day or after work can be exciting. Just make sure that it’s an event that will truly be enjoyable for your employees- you can even ask for suggestions or vote on a few different options.

7.Allow Casual Dress Days

While this may not work in every industry, it can definitely work in most offices. The more formal the dress code is, the less comfortable the clothing tends to be. A shift in what employees are wearing can really change the vibe of the office for the day as people tend to\be less uptight the more casual their clothing is. Many offices have integrated casual Fridays into their business models and themed dress up days throughout the year. Even something small like this can have a massive impact on your employees’ mental health.

 

If your company is currently in need of employees, we at Award Staffing are here to help. Contact us here with any questions or inquiries.

The Minnesota Way of Requesting Time Off

At some point in your career, everyone needs time off beyond vacation and holiday. Whether you need to ask for an hour off for a doctor’s appointment, or a more extended time period to deal with an unexpected chain of events, the underlying principles stay the same. Here’s how to ask for time off to increase your chances of receiving the request:

Detail Your Recent Accomplishments-

When you need to ask something of a supervisor, it’s best to precede your request with something that lets your supervisor view you in a positive light. Even if you have a good relationship with your supervisor, it doesn’t hurt to remind him or her that you’ve been doing well recently. This will make them more likely to grant your request.

Have a Detailed Plan of the Dates-

It’s best not to approach your supervisor until you have the exact dates and times you need off from work. Once you have this information and convey it, you will appear to be very organized and responsible. This will increase your chances of having your supervisor approve your time off.

Describe Replacement Assistance-

If you aren’t going to be at work, the responsible thing to do is to find someone who will step in your workplace’s productivity doesn’t suffer. Before you talk to your supervisor, secure replacement assistance with one or more of your coworkers who are willing to help you. Describe the details of your replacement assistance to your supervisor when you ask for time off. This will allow your supervisor to make the decision based on whether or not you should be able to go, not whether or not the company will be short-staffed on that day.

Ask Permission-

Once you’ve presented all of the above information, you need to ask permission. Asking permission shows your supervisor that you still respect him or her and will adhere to their ultimate decision. Your supervisor isn’t likely to say no unless there are some considerable scheduling conflicts that would interfere with the company’s work output.

If you’re looking for a job that lets you take time off occasionally, contact Award Staffing. We can help you find a job opportunity that takes your obligations into account. We will work with you to make sure your new job is an excellent fit for both you and the company

The Benefits of Employee PTO in Minnesota

Every company understands that paid time off and personal days aren’t an important essential in compensation packages.  Companies may not understand, however, that giving time off to employees has real benefits to the company as well as the individuals that work there.

Engaged Employees Bring Value-

According to Shawn Cable, “when the brain can think positively, productivity improves by 31%, sales increase by 37%, and creativity and revenues can triple.”

Giving employees time away from the daily grind to refresh themselves and reset their mental outlook increases productivity. It also creates a happier work environment for everyone.

Time Off Lowers Stress-

Stress leads to burnout, and burnout leads to turnover with all its associated costs and added workload. PTO enables employees to cut their stress levels and return to work ready to tackle the next project.

Note: Time off needs to be real time off. When employees take the office with them, they lose the benefits time off brings them. Make sure they understand that when they are on vacation replying to emails and answering phone calls is NOT expected.

Time Off Policies Reflect Your Company Values-

Nathan Christensen says, “one of our company’s values is “care to the core.” We now couch our vacation policy within this value, so our team understands why we have it, how to navigate it, and the role it plays in nurturing our company culture.”

Promoting positive company values helps keep your workforce positive. It also gives them more reasons to show up to work for than a paycheck and builds stronger employee retention.

Award Staffing makes an art of helping our clients see recognize what policies will benefit their company.  Contact us today. We will help you build a productive workforce.

 

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