A happy workforce is a productive workforce. There is also a considerable amount of pressure on employers to be aware of their team’s health and wellbeing for other reasons too. Not least, to reduce absenteeism and staff churn!
Before you rush out and organise lunchtime yoga sessions or price up corporate gym packages, providing your team with a caring culture and positive work environment could be easier than you think. Start with making a thorough premise clean-up one of your HR priorities.
Clean workplaces and staff welfare
There is a strong connection between employee wellbeing (feeling comfortable, well looked after and content) and your Health & Safety obligations.
Of course, your first priority is to protect staff and visitors from the risk of injury, but there are less obvious negative connotations to skimping on the cleaning tasks! If your team are operating in less than perfect conditions – with visible dirt or cluttered workspaces – there is a natural tendency to be more distracted and unsettled.
Not to mention the fact that modern-day workers are far more aware of the risks of infections and contaminates. The humble flu virus is the least of our concerns thanks to much-publicised new strains and superbugs!
A clean work environment is far less stressful and provides staff with the assurance that you are tangibly investing in their health and safety.
Let there be light – and fresh air
Improvements to the physical environment within your workplace can lift your staff’s spirits and work rate in other ways too. For example, optimising light quality and clean air will logically boost the health and wellbeing of your office team. We all feel better when we can see out of clean windows, and regular building deep-cleans manage all forms of pollutants brilliantly.
One of the short cuts some employers make is to expect their team to ‘self manage’ staff break rooms and other ‘behind the scenes’ areas. Yet, communal staff areas can be the most likely places to play ‘pass the germ’. How many mould spores are lurking in the staff toilets too?
Investing in regular deep cleans and tidies for staff areas is another way you can show your commitment to employee wellbeing. It costs a lot less than sending them all to a spa weekend for better health!