Employee wellness is a hot topic in today’s society, and it should be. Employee stress can lead to serious health problems both for the employee and their family. In this blog post we will discuss 3 easy strategies that employers can do to help reduce employee stress at work!
#1) Offer Flexible Work Hours
The first way an employer can help reduce their employee’s stress is by offering flexible work hours. If an employee doesn’t have a set schedule, they are able to choose when to start and stop working. This allows them to avoid commuting during rush hour traffic, spend time with family or even sleep in if needed!
With today’s remote work options, an employer not only gives their employee more flexibility for when they work but also where.
A remote worker can avoid the stress of commuting and spend time with family or just take a nap in their pajamas!
Employers who offer flexible schedules for employees may find themselves working much less overtime due to decreased commute times. This is because an employee will be able to get home on time after finishing up at work instead of having to stay late while dealing with traffic.
The reduced hours spent driving could potentially lead to better health as well – studies have shown that over 50% of all accidents are related to sleep deprivation which leads us right into our next strategy…
#2) Encourage Healthy Lifestyle Choices
There’s nothing more important than living a healthy lifestyle, an employer can encourage their employees to take the time to make healthier choices by offering incentives and rewarding them for it.
Employees will be more likely to maintain a healthy diet if they are offered healthy snacks around the office like fruit, versus junk food typically found in vending machines. Employers could also offer small prizes or incentives for healthy lifestyle choice. You’re only limited by your imagination!
Some employers may worry about how much this might cost but these strategies actually save companies tons of money over time because they reduce employee absenteeism due to illness (and even worker’s compensation) – all without costing anything upfront. Who wouldn’t want those results?
#3) Provide Coaching
Having a personal health coach can make a big difference in employee wellness. They can help by giving advice about healthy choices, providing education on a wide range of health topics like nutrition or fitness training and even teaching relaxation techniques for dealing with stress.
It’s not something that has to be done all the time either – just once every month or so is enough to get employees back on track if they’ve slipped up along the way!
An employer should also offer opportunities like discounted gym memberships or complimentary health coaching sessions that would help promote workplace wellness among their workers while saving money!
It is indeed counterintuitive to see these sorts of strategies as cost effective to the company. However, your business is driven by the people inside of it, and their overall productivity and success ultimately is driven by their physical and mental well-being. Take care of your staff, and they’ll in turn take care of your business.