June 16, 2020 Innovation Team

How to Care for Your Employees’ Well-Being

While the job market has become increasingly challenging this first part of 2020 due to COVID-19, it is more important than ever to offer a comprehensive wellness program to attract and retain your top talent. Here are three ways that you can care for your employees’ well-being.

Give Them Enough Sick Leave

The cornerstone of keeping your workplace healthy is providing enough sick leave to your employees. Without enough paid time off to use when ill, your workers will be tempted to come into work. This decision could possibly infect fellow employees and have a devastating impact on your place of business. Instituting a liberal sick leave policy will support the physical well-being of your employees by encouraging them to stay home and take care of themselves when they feel under the weather. The bottom line is that employees should never have to choose between protecting their jobs and their physical health; time away from the office when possibly sick is important for the protection and safety of a company’s entire workplace.

Protect Them in the Workplace

While not all jobs are inherently dangerous, some places of employment need to take extra precautions. As a business leader, it is your responsibility to ensure that your workers are protected while on the job. Make sure that employees wear the proper equipment whenever they engage in activities that call for protection. Not only is this the right thing to do, but it will also boost morale if your employees know that you care about their safety. This sense of feeling valued will encourage your employees to be more productive, improving your overall bottom line.

Boost Their Mental Well-Being

The well-being of your employees goes far beyond their physical health. There are several steps that you can take as a business leader to help protect the emotional and social well-being of your workers. Making an effort to cultivate a positive workspace will improve the vibe of your company. Ideas to consider implementing include planning social gatherings, such as team lunches or holiday parties. You can also take steps to promote mental well-being by engaging in charity work or community service projects as a group. Not only will this position your business as a leader in the community, but your employees will also feel good about working for a company that cares.

Managing a remote workforce? There are virtual events happening all the time to support wellness. As one example, our team is engaged in Start Giving Local’s Resilience Run, Ride, Move charity wellness challenge where we’re focused on wellness, community connection as we move through COVID-19, and charity give-back. It’s just one way we’re staying connected as a team and giving back to our community.

No matter what’s going on in our world, it’s important that you proactively address the well-being of your employees at all times. Taking the time to show you care about boosting the physical and mental health of your team will not only provide big dividends as you grow your business, but it’s also the right way to do business.

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