The mental health and overall wellbeing of the workforce has taken centre stage over the past few years, never more than now during the current pandemic.
As more businesses look to welcome their staff back to the workplace, you need to ensure your environment is one where your team will feel happy, safe and comfortable.
Coinadrink Limited the vending machine company explores how you can implement meaningful workplace wellbeing initiatives in a post-Covid world.
Covid-19 has been a tough experience for us all. And whilst our Nation rejoices at a seemingly successful vaccination programme currently ongoing, it’s clear that the pandemic will leave a mark on all of our lives moving forward.
All of a sudden, we’re all placing a greater emphasis on basic health, safety and hygiene. Even the smallest details are being thoroughly examined. We’re mindful of what we’re touching, how often we’re washing hands, and whether we’re getting too close to those around us.
Precautions like this have been part of daily life for over a year. It may be unrealistic to suggest that we will just forget about it all once life gets back to some sort of normality.
As an employer, you have a duty to care for the wellbeing of your team. As you begin to welcome them back to their natural working environment, the heightened anxiety and stress caused by Covid-19 has therefore placed more emphasis on workplace wellbeing initiatives.
Your team will spend an average of seven hours a day in their working environment. By ignoring mental health concerns and not taking proactive action for wellbeing, business leaders may struggle to get the best out of their workforce, risk losing talent, or fail to attract prospective recruits.
Nobody wants to live their lives in fear, but workplace wellbeing doesn’t need to complex. It’s easy to implement preventative safety measures without completely overhauling your environment.
And who knows, the new normal may just be welcomed.
Let’s take a look how you can implement meaningful initiatives that enforce physical and psychological safety.
Make workplace wellbeing part of company culture.
Workplace wellbeing isn’t just a tick-box exercise. It matters and the consequences of not giving it enough attention could be damaging.
You need to take the time to understand the potential problems your team could be facing in a post-Covid world and look to find a solution. Only once leaders understand the mental health challenges of their staff can they organise effective solutions that meet their needs.
It may be that providing adequate facilities alone won’t be enough. Improving workplace wellbeing should be a company wide effort, something that’s ingrained in your culture you could say.
Leaders and senior management have an important role in ensuring the organisation’s culture provides an environment that supports their staff and promotes the value of happiness, comfort and overall safety.
- Break times.
Offering your staff, the opportunity to take regular breaks is a simple yet effective approach you can take.
Taking regular breaks may seem counterproductive, but the opposite may be true. A recent study found that 65% of staff would benefit from a better break out area in their workplace, whilst 81% of those surveyed said coffee breaks help build stronger relationships with colleagues.
Maybe it’s time to review your hot drink facilities in your workplace?
- Flexible working.
Moving forward, we will be working in a business environment that’s rapidly changing. Covid-19 has placed greater emphasis on personal space and if we can remain productive whilst adhering to social distancing then we will.
Many leaders may look to stagger the working hours of their teams. This will restrict the amount of people on site at once. Providing the facilities needed to cater to these working patterns will be important.
Now could be a good opportunity to implement a Micro Market, arguably the most hygienic workplace refreshment solution with 24/7 availability.
- Time to talk.
The last 12 months have been nothing like many of us have experienced. We may never will again. And as we return to a post-Covid workplace, it may be difficult to adapt.
Talking is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress and worry. You shouldn’t force your team into doing anything they don’t want to but giving them the opportunity to offload with a trusted colleague or their manager may be beneficial.
Does your workplace currently have an environment that’s deemed relaxing and informal?
Improve workplace wellbeing with Covid-safe vending machine solutions from Coinadrink Limited.
Coinadrink Limited appreciates the value of employee perks that are high quality and safe to enjoy using.
We are an advanced vending machine company that offers a variety of Covid-safe facilities that will promote a safer, more comfortable working environment.
Our contactless coffee machines and contactless water coolers are a great way to keep your team refreshed, whilst our Micro Market can help your business adopt to changing work patterns.
Contact us today to see how we can help prepare your workplace for a post-Covid world. Workplace wellbeing doesn’t need to an overwhelming issue, as you could soon find out.
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