Let’s talk about setting expectations and achieving our goals. We all have those moments when we set huge expectations for ourselves, and we want to achieve the gold-star standards. But sometimes, despite our best efforts, we end up failing.
I’m not about that end goal focus – I believe that it’s far more beneficial to focus on the here and now, be present in the moment. It’s about what we can achieve today and the healthy practices we can introduce into our daily routines that can help drive us forward. With the current state of the world – the cost-of-living crisis, NHS crisis, and transport network strikes – employees are already feeling heightened stress levels. Add in any personal issues, and their wellbeing may be at an all-time low.
That’s why initiatives related to these events are great for awareness, but it’s what we can continue to do to support wellbeing in the workplace that will ultimately have a long-term impact on the lives of our employees. As HR professionals and people managers, we are in a privileged position to create a real impact on employee wellbeing and resilience.
So, what can we do to support our employees in the workplace?
Here are some considerations:
Firstly, review workloads regularly. This can help support with reducing any unnecessary stress and anxiety for employees. Signpost employee assistance programmes, many of which offer access to services 24/7 to help with stress, anxiety, financial support, and guidance. It’s also important to signpost ways that employees can improve their physical wellbeing. Encouraging employees to look after their health by giving access to local support groups, guidance, and benefits can really help to boost energy levels and concentration and give added motivation to support other areas of their life.
Discuss career progression and opportunities for development and training. Signpost company benefits and support/advice for things like pensions, financial planning & budgeting, and bike to work schemes. We are all different, and what motivates us differs too, that’s why it’s important to consider offering a wide variety of benefits and support. Getting employees’ opinions and input is key, especially in today’s climate. The more you can offer to help support alongside salary that really matters to them and compliments their life, the better.
As HR professionals and people managers, we have the power to make a real difference. Let’s use it to create a positive and healthy workplace for everyone.
Looking after the wellbeing of employees can be a tricky and complex task, and I wanted to help simplify this for all HR folks out there and that’s why you’ll find resources to support everything from onboarding, welfare, managing team effectively to offboarding (plus everything in between). I’ve created these resources with HR folk in mind, check it out for yourself here.