How Sydney Employers Can Improve Wellness At Work
The societal benefits of overall wellness, particularly in the form of reducing physical and mental illness, are known by just about everybody. These days, companies both big and small are clamouring to implement methods to increase wellness at work, many without realising that there are a variety of everyday steps they can take to improve company culture, reduce stress, and make it easy for employees to remain calm.
Improving Communication Improves Wellness at Work
It’s been said before, but it can hardly be stressed enough that problem solving, decision making, and overall group dynamic are improved when managers communicate effectively with their teams and promote that same effective communication style among team members. What is sometimes unclear, however, is how to do this. One of the most efficient methods is simply listening to what employees have to say. Not just to the words mind you, but the emotions as well. When paying close attention to how something is said, an employer gains not only the opportunity to absorb the subtle emotional clues that convey how the speaker feels, but they also make that speaker feel valued. A win-win that lowers tensions and cuts down on misunderstandings. Respecting a worker’s individuality is also key. Remember that every team member is different, and getting to know them personally, learning to appreciate their quirks, and working with their personality will help them feel included. Other communication strategies include speaking in a manner that is friendly as opposed to confrontational, plainly outlining every member’s role within a group, and being forthright with information. When people believe that you are withholding something, having a dialogue becomes much more challenging, so showing that you have nothing to hide goes a long way in making people feel understood.
Building off this base of clear communication, managers can include employees in some decisions to show that their time and input is valued. Have discussions with staff about scheduling, work rules, and assignments. Make sure that workloads are suitable and not overburdening. Provide incentives that promote performance (verbal praise, awards and the like are good choices), and give employees a degree of control over their work. That element of control is vital in having employees feel included and empowered.
In addition to employer-employee interactions, bosses can also positively influence employee interactions among each other. Providing opportunities for workers to socialise, discouraging harassment, and being fair in the treatment of employees can aid in helping them feel like a unit. This, in turn, leads to increased productivity and better relations at the workplace.
Wellness at Work Also Comes from Reducing Fear and Uncertainty
When workers feel uncertain about their jobs or fearful of the work environment, everything tends to suffer. Eliminating fear and helping employee’s feel secure in their job and their role within the company is vital to securing their trust and furthering wellness. The strategies on this are numerous, but there are a few standard practices that seem to have high success rates, the most important of which is allowing for complaints and feedback. If an employee feels that they can’t voice their concerns, they are more likely to bottle up their real opinions, or check out completely. Allowing them to speak freely dispels fear and instils confidence in the company’s goals.
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