Employee Engagement: Improving workplace wellbeing

by Marteka Swaby January 02, 2019

Employee Engagement: Improving workplace wellbeing

Employee Engagement: Workplace Wellbeing

Happy New Year! Most people are returning to work today after an extended Christmas break to take on the challenge of improving employee engagement to profit from healthier and happier employees, who are essential for building teams that thrive.

Reviewing wellbeing initiatives is a key area of growth in 2019 as bosses search for ways to kickstart January by tackling the drawbacks that come with overlooking the happiness of employees, such as the loss of productivity, the increase of sickness absence and higher than average staff turnover.

The initiative, “Mental Health at Work”, which was recently launched by the Duke of Cambridge with Heads Together and Mind, reflects the attitudes of employers who want to make workplace wellbeing a priority in order to change the way businesses across the UK approach workplace mental health.

Mental health is one of the greatest causes of sickness absence, with stress, anxiety and depression being attributed for 15 million lost working days each year. However, only 11% of employees discuss mental health with their line manager due to fear of discrimination.

Hence, it is not only a matter of commercial productivity, but an organisation’s responsibility to provide their leaders with the appropriate resources to help them better understand mental health in order to improve efficiency, reduce sickness absence and build thriving teams.

The first step towards improving wellbeing in the workplace is to provide managers with the necessary tools and information on mental health through training and tailored workshops.

MindHub 'emotional technology' launched in October during World Mental Health day. The purpose of this site is to provide business leaders, regardless of the industry they belong, support to increase employee engagement and build more resilient employees.

Thus, information or signposting to counselling becomes an investment towards the cultivation of thriving teams, that benefit from boosted levels of innovation, self-awareness and creativity and thus are able to increase their levels of productivity.

More specifically, the resources offered serve to:

  • Increase the resilience of leaders to understand the early warning signs and symptoms of stress in the workplace
  • Improve employee resilience towards stress, anxiety and depression by reducing stress-related sickness absence
  • Raise awareness of mental health to reduce stigma and discrimination
  • Increase self-awareness and understand when and how to signpost employees or colleagues

For a business to achieve the highest levels of productivity it not only needs happy employees that show up to work feeling energised and stimulated, but a nurturing workplace environment that supports their needs and empowers its people to strive for the best results.

The goal businesses should strive to achieve is to create happier, healthier employees through training of their managers and business leaders, so they have the tools they need in order to build teams that not only thrive in the industry but attract potential employees who can add value to the work and the overall workplace environment.

Marteka Swaby
Marteka Swaby