Healthy workplaces can help to make business more productive and employees more engaged. Therefore promoting and supporting health in the workplace is not only common sense, but it makes good business sense too.
"Make happiness a priority. Start by recognizing that a happier workforce is better for everyone."
It’s not just people that should be healthy even buildings should be healthy too. Through the quality of air, light, views and the overall experience, healthy buildings help people be their best. What are the buildings in which you spend time doing for you? Buildings are where people spend 90% of their time. But in the buildings where you work truly helps you be your best? Do they help improve your health and well-being?
Here are the benefits of a healthy workplace for employees:
Providing a warm, engaging and stress-free environment is the single most important pillar on which companies can build their corporate culture. And that process begins with the creation of physical space. Offices built in a colourful, almost playful style with exposed concrete ceilings and floor provide a relaxed environment where employees can deliver well even under pressure. Offices of senior management should have glass walls, so that anyone can come in and have a discussion on issues at the workplace.
Employees perform better when the management's expectations are laid out clearly and are in line with their area of expertise. If employees are having trouble handling workload and there are too many people trying to perform the same task, employers should review and update all job descriptions and shift work tasks to the employees who are well-matched.
Employees need motivation and appreciation. A leader must never hesitate to compliment employees on their accomplishments. They must offer employees something so that they know they are appreciated for their work and that the company is proud of their achievements. For a healthy and happy workplace, building trust among employees is essential. This keeps the employees stress-free and mentally fit.
A positive workplace is more successful over time because it increases positive emotions and well-being. It improves people’s relationships with each other and amplifies their abilities and their creativity. It buffers against negative experiences such as stress, thus improving employees ability to bounce back from challenges and difficulties while bolstering their health.
And, it attracts employees, making them more loyal to the leader and to the organization as well as bringing out their best strengths. When organizations develop positive, virtuous cultures they achieve significantly higher levels of organizational effectiveness, including financial performance, customer satisfaction, productivity, and employee engagement.
Regular refuelling is essential to keeping the brain working at its best. People will only feel empowered to do this if they are encouraged to do so and the best way to make this happen is to lead by example. Taking a walk at lunchtime, leaving work on time and taking your annual leave are good ways to start.
Promoting a culture that celebrates health and wellbeing is a vital business strategy and it is your responsibility to ensure that workplace health is taken seriously. Not only will you be looked upon more favourably by your workforce, as you're looking out for their wellbeing, you'll receive acknowledgement from your industry and wider business world. When you already invest in recruitment, training and staff development, so why not also ensure your people are happy and healthy too?By: Gunjan Johar | Real Estate Analyst & Home Decor Blogger
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