4 Creative Benefits To Boost Employee Wellness At The Workplace

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This guest post was written by Life & Career Coach, Julie Morris.

Employee incentives and benefits have gotten much more creative in recent years as employers come to understand the value of taking care of the people who work so hard for them. Fostering a happy work environment can help prevent job burnout, turnover and keep the company running smoothly, and employers can do it on just about any budget.

The key is to understand your employees’ mindsets so you can better assess their needs, especially where mental health is concerned an often overlooked aspect of employee relations. Look for tips from QWERTYdelight where you can stay informed about various mental and physical health topics, and consider these ideas when it’s time to offer support to your employees.

Make Education Accessible

Continuing education is an important goal for many, but tight schedules and budgets often make it a far-off dream. By offering help with tuition or a flexible schedule to your employees, you can help boost their confidence while showing that you’re invested in their futures. Not only that, once your team members earn a degree, they can apply their newfound skills to your business, making it beneficial for everyone. These days, there are tons of degree programs available online, so you won’t have to worry about scheduling conflicts as your employees learn at their own pace.

Give Rewards

Supporting your employees’ goals is an important part of fostering a healthy work environment. But it’s also crucial to think about their time outside of work. Stress, anxiety, and depression can lead to burnout and exhaustion, but you can offer some help by giving them the tools they need to relax and recharge. There are companies that can help you give your employees creative rewards, such as a monthly subscription to a guided painting kit or surfing classes, or you can take the initiative to offer something similar on your own. This is a great way to get to know your employees and show them that you’re invested in their well-being.

Go Deep

Sometimes, your employees will need some extra support. If they’re going through a divorce, the death of a loved one, or they just need to talk to someone, counseling sessions can really help. Offering access to a trained counselor is a great start, but you can also learn how to conduct certain types of counseling yourself to help your team members cope with stress or manage their work performance. Don’t forget to offer follow-up sessions to check in with your employees and make sure they’re on a healthy track. Also, keep in mind that a team of HR professionals and a team of dedicated counselors can bring different perspectives to the table. The latter may be more qualified to “go deep” and position the employee for success in mental wellness.

Get Moving

Mental health is only part of the package. You also need to consider physical health where your employees are concerned, especially if your workplace is an office environment where everyone sits at a desk for most of the day. To get moving, you might offer an in-office yoga class or weekly tutorials on how to do some simple yoga stretches at the desk. Think about how you can get everyone moving by offering a weekly or bi-weekly activity, such as a bike ride at a local park or a trail hike. These activities are perfect for bonding with your team members, building rapport, and creating a healthy environment in which they can thrive.

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Employee support comes in many forms, so you can choose the ones that work best for your team and budget. Talk to your employees and get some feedback about what their needs are and what they hope to achieve. This will encourage open communication and a sense of community that many workplaces lack. Finally, don’t be afraid to get creative with the benefits and incentives you choose, as they’ll be appreciated by your team.

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