7 January 2016

How to promote workplace wellbeing

Want to know how to establish a workplace wellbeing strategy that really works? Follow these simple steps.

Could workplace wellbeing be the secret to success? It seems that for both employers and employees it might be. Promoting employee wellness is a sure fire way to engage and retain staff; your healthy employees remain loyal and more productive knowing their employer is committed to their wellbeing which in turn, leads to improved productivity, performance and increased staff retention.

It seems like a no-brainer. But how do you establish a workplace wellness strategy that actually works? Here’s 3 simple steps:

Create a productive working environment

The working environment plays a key role in enhancing employee engagement with flexible working regarded as a big priority. In fact, 74% of office workers are more likely to feel stressed compared to less than half (49%) who work at home*. With such a favourable link between flexible working and improved employee wellbeing, you should look to incorporate this opportunity into your HCM strategy and reap the benefits of a fully engaged, contented workforce.

Since the majority of staff still work in a static environment though, it’s just as important that you improve wellbeing inside the office. Doing simple things to create a comfortable office surrounding such as providing nutritious snacks, having walking meetings or incorporating standing desks can do wonders for enhancing the environment, boosting employee focus and efficiency as well as minimising stress levels.

Support staff individually

No matter their position, title or working hours all employees need support in a way that works best for them.  From weekly ‘check ins’ with some staff or monthly ones for others, providing dedicated support programmes or hosting courses on time management techniques, it’s important that staff get the assistance they need when the stress of work takes its toll.

Ensuring employees feel supported in their roles and have the skills required to manage stress is crucial in ensuring a contented workforce. If staff know how to tackle increases in workload plus other hurdles or difficult situations both inside and outside of work, they’ll be better placed to work productively and positively to contribute to business success.

Provide new tools and techniques

There are loads of resources available that can help boost wellness. Mindfulness mediation is a powerful technique that employees can incorporate into their working life to improve their mental wellbeing. It has the ability to reduce stress, increase emotional intelligence and lower the chances of employees getting sick so why not provide them with an opportunity to practice this?

Introducing health checks can be another way to improve employee wellbeing. These can provide a rich insight into the current state of your employees’ health and can be a great way to motivate staff to improve their lifestyle inside and outside of work, setting off endorphins that boosts happiness and in turn, productivity. Exercise has been proven to do this too, so consider setting up a running club or after work classes.

So what are you waiting for?

Today’s workplace is rapidly changing and HR managers must work hard to secure a work life balance for employees.  Giving your staff the ability to improve their health and offering continuous support in an appealing environment is critical in order to ensure that they remain happy and productive.

By making these small differences straight away, organisations can start to thrive from a dynamic and talented workforce, consequently helping to boost ROI and have a positive impact on company success.


Workplace Savings and Benefits. (27 April 2015). The wellbeing perks that make staff happy. http://www.wsandb.co.uk/wsb/news/2405713/infographic-the-wellbeing-perks-that-make-staff-happy 

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