There are many factors that add to our wellbeing in the workplace. And wellbeing adds to good business. Founder of employee benefits provider Untangl.co.uk, Richard Stewart is adamant about it, “Your workspace is an employee benefit. Make it count”. He shares five ideas to improve workplace wellbeing and increase your business as a result.
“Natural light, phone signal, speedy broadband and caffeine are the bare necessities for a workplace. But a space that can offer more will give you the edge in the hunt for talent and retention,” Stewart says.
“While many Small and Medium Enterprises are hot on team dynamic and atmosphere, they don’t always consider that their workspace could be an employee benefit, and a visually marketable perk, too. Nor are they aware that ergonomics, psychology and comfort are applicable and viable on a small scale,” he adds.
Interested to learn more? Read Richard Stewart’s guest blog on The Virgin Group’s website.
Below are his five ideas to increase workplace wellbeing:
Respect different working practices
“It might be the norm, but not everyone likes open plan working, or sitting down all day,” he says. He suggests partitions to create privacy, a place to brainstorm, or a quiet corner. Also, desks that can be moved from sitting to standing height are preferred.
“A 2015 report by Human Spaces suggests foliage coupled with natural light in a workspace boosts productivity by six per cent and increases wellbeing and creativity by 15 per cent,” Stewart says. Plants help purify the air and look good, too.
“Facebook offers free dry cleaning, haircuts, and bike repairs. Twitter offers acupuncture and improvisation classes. Freebies that make life easier, improve wellbeing, or boost confidence will be well received” according to Stewart.
“Book a fitness instructor to come to your office weekly and take your team out for a different activity, from running or cycling, to bootcamp or Pilates in the park,” Stewart recommends.
“Most humans are not programmed for productivity between nine and five and many would do anything to take part in the school run or avoid rush hour, however fabulous their offices,” he says. Many employers underestimate the value of flexi-time. Nonetheless, it is easy and free to implement, as well as a demonstration of trust.