Eight ways to keep your staff happy

There was a time when a focus on employee wellbeing was a bonus rather than a priority, but today it’s at the top of the agenda for most businesses.

Many business leaders have become wise to the fact that a happy workforce is a productive one, and so they do their best to ensure the needs of their people are being met.

But what can businesses put in place to boost employee wellbeing? We came up with eight ways to keep your staff happy to get you off to a good start…

FLEXIBLE WORKING

Shift patterns that support a better work life balance support those employees who need to work around childcare, caring for relatives or other personal reasons. Allowing people to work from home, start their working day late, or leave early and make their time up another time is a sure-fire way to keeping them happy.

FREE COUNSELLING SESSIONS

If the nature of your business means there is a particular level of pressure on your staff, offering free counselling sessions is one way to address this. This will demonstrate to your employees that you are aware of the pressures and appreciate their hard work. Providing a place to speak openly without consequences will work wonders for the wellbeing of your employees.

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH ADVICE

Offering supportive occupational health advice is another way to remind your people to stay healthy while at work. Providing this advice can be beneficial in supporting individuals to manage their health condition at work, and can support a faster return to work from sickness absence.

MENTORING

Arrange a mentoring programme where some of your more seasoned members of staff provide advice and support to newer employees. Your HR department could also offer mentoring sessions for those employees who wish to discuss their mental health internally.

TEAM BUILDING

Regular team building activities are a great way to get your staff excited about coming to work. Visiting local attractions, hosting cake sales, and arranging scavenger hunts are just a few ways to break up the working day.

EMPLOYEE AWARDS

Recognise your highest achievers with monthly or quarterly employee awards. Reward the winners with a certificate and nice prize, such as a meal at a local restaurant for them and their family.

FREE FRUIT

When it comes to improving employee wellbeing, it could be as simple as a fruit bowl. Keep the office kitchen stocked up with free fresh fruit for employees to eat throughout the working day. A small gesture that keeps staff happy and healthy at the same time!

SAFETY MANAGER

If your employees have to undertake potentially dangerous work, ensure you have a dedicated safety manager. Make it their job to look after the wellbeing of your staff and ensure everyone goes home safe at the end of each day.

Everyone, Everywhere

If you keep your staff happy, they are much more likely to work efficiently. It’s also a great way to ensure you retain your top talent. If you’re looking for more skilled workers to boost the productivity of your business, get in touch with one of our specialised recruiters today at http://www.everyone-everywhere.co.uk/contact-us.aspx.