Beyond basic human decency, it makes good business sense to care about employees’ wellbeing. In a recent study published in the Harvard Business Review, it was reported that businesses experienced ‘significant cost savings’ when they implemented mental health initiatives.
Happy employees are more loyal and more productive. On the flip side, stressed-out workers are less engaged, have higher rates of absenteeism and higher turnover.
Some level of stress is inevitable in work, particularly when employees are emotionally invested. But in our always-connected work environments, it’s even more important to balance that stress out.
Here’s a quick checklist to gauge employee stress levels
1. Are people chatting and laughing with one another in the office? Do they socialise and eat lunch together?
2. Are employees snappy, overly critical and quick to point the finger of blame?
3. Is your business experiencing high absenteeism and staff turnover?
If you're seeing a problem with stress levels, here’s what you can do about it:
1. Boost gratitude. Employees who feel appreciated by management are likely to stay in a job longer. This could be as simple as encouraging employees to send an email once a week to someone they feel has done a great job.
2. Introduce a practice of Mindfulness. Mindfulness practices such as yoga and meditation have been shown to improve employee wellbeing as measured by job satisfaction, psychological need satisfaction, and emotional exhaustion levels. These practices also boost compassion, resilience, co-worker relationships and how workers deal with challenges.
3. Share wellness initiatives from the top down. Employees feel more support when leaders back mental and physical wellness policies.
We spend so much of our lives at work - it really doesn’t make sense to spend that time stressed-out and unhappy. Workplace gratitude, mindfulness and yoga are ideal ways to keep happiness levels where they should be.
Get in touch to enquire about on-site workplace yoga classes in Sydney. You’ll have a healthier, happier and more productive team for it!