Employee Wellbeing

Employee wellbeing reaches far beyond the realms of employee physical and mental health and safety. Although these are key elements of employee wellbeing, the focus should also encompass employee happiness, motivation, productivity and job satisfaction.

Factors that are within control of an employer, which contribute to the wellbeing of an employee, include: the workplace culture and environment; the level of control an employee is given over their work; communication and clarity; ongoing training and education and modern benefits, as well as salary and rewards.

On this page, you will learn about the various elements of a business that will contribute to wellbeing, along with links to in-depth articles and downloadable guides to help improve your efforts and policies for promoting the wellbeing of your employees.

 

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How to support employees suffering from stress

How to recognise the symptoms of stress and manage absences related to this illness.

Mental health & the workplace

Learn how mental health impacts the workplace and how to support those finding their mental health difficult to manage.

How to build your employer brand

How to create an employer brand that focuses on employee wellbeing.

Improving the candidate experience

Use the recruitment process to demonstrate your approach to employee wellbeing.

Why you should consider the wellbeing of your temporary staff

Temporary staff deserve their wellbeing to be a focus too.

 

Mental and physical health of employees

It is enormously positive and beneficial to many individuals that there remains a focus on the importance of mental health. This has been introduced into many workplaces, where employers are making a deliberate effort to look after the mental health of employees, as well as physical health.

Millions of working days are lost each year to employees that are suffering with poor mental health, and employers are legally obliged to protect their workforce from the damage caused by work-related stress.

Our article below provides actionable guidance when it comes to recognising the symptoms of stress, preventing it or helping employees or colleagues that are suffering from stress.

How to support employees suffering from stress

 

Imposter syndrome is a very real form of self-doubt, and can be experienced by employees in every position, or at any stage in their career, including those classed as ‘high-achievers’.

We deliver more information about Imposter Syndrome and how it can be actively removed from the workplace in the article below.

Let’s remove ‘Imposter Syndrome’ from the workplace

 

This article, provided by Martin Bloom, an expert in Employment Law, offers an insight into the effects of mental ill health on the individual, their colleagues and employer, as well as spotting the signs and how to manage absences in these cases.

Mental health issues in the workplace

 

There are also other elements of the workplace that could be contributing to the mental and physical health of employees.

This post below applies to those in office jobs, who are often required to sit down for long periods of time. It also serves as a reminder to employers in all sectors on the importance of good posture when it comes to employee health and wellness.

Poor posture and company productivity

 

Employer brand

Creating an honest, credible and authentic employer brand should encompass the value that you offer to the people that you employ. This includes employee wellbeing, workplace culture and environment, and salary, benefits and rewards.

We have created a page full of insight, inspiration and guidance when it comes to creating and maintaining a positive employer brand:

Employer branding – our tips and advice

 

Candidate experience

The happiness and wellbeing of your current employees can be leveraged when it comes to recruiting for new staff.

In this post below, we explain how a focus on employee learning and development can improve retention and build your talent pipeline.

Using learning and development to boost recruitment

 

As an employer, you don’t need to wait until you have hired an employee to demonstrate your commitment and approach to employee wellbeing, this can be established throughout the recruitment process and the candidate experience journey.

Every touchpoint that a candidate has with your company should be positive, building a perception that you are a business to have confidence in.

The below articles will provide further explanation and guidance when it comes to improving the experience a candidate has with your firm:

 

Temporary workers

Many employers choose to utilise temporary workers for a number of reasons. It could be that they require a specific set of skills or expertise on a short-term basis, or that the seasonality of the business means that extra pairs of hands are needed.

Regardless of the reason that you bring temporary workers into the business, it is imperative that you focus on their wellbeing.

A happier workforce leads to higher levels of productivity, as well as contributing to your employer brand.  It speaks volumes about your business to have content and supported workers in both permanent and temporary roles.

Our resource centre piece below provides guidance on the following:

  • Importance of temporary worker wellbeing
  • The benefits of a happier temp workforce
  • How to achieve a happy, productive temporary workforce
  • Induction checklist and further resources

Wellbeing for temporary workers

 

You can also learn more about the ways that temporary staff could benefit your business on this page:

The benefits of using temporary staff

 

 

Employee experience

Just like candidate experience, a positive employee experience for both temporary and permanent staff is crucial to productivity, your employer brand and future recruitment.

As well as a focus on the physical and mental health of their workforce, there are a number of areas where employers can positively contribute to employee wellbeing.

This article explains the importance of understanding what motivates your staff, and how you can tailor your rewards and benefits package to align with these elements:

Do you have the strategies in place to attract and keep staff?

 

The modern workplace

Have you introduced modern working practices such as remote or flexible working? The links below will take you to articles highlighting the impact of modern working practices when it comes to employee wellbeing, as well as a practical way to calculate flexitime.

Staff appraisals

Staff appraisals are another area that are known to cause stress to employees when managed and conducted ineffectively.

The article explains how you can carry out an effective staff appraisal through understanding its true purpose, preparing well and being consistent.

How to conduct a successful staff appraisal

Below you will find a comprehensive staff appraisal toolkit, including a Self-Appraisal Form for employees, a Performance Appraisal Form for line managers, and further tips and advice.

Downloadable performance appraisal toolkit

 

Exit interviews

Exit interviews are overlooked and underutilised, but they can be the greatest untapped resource when evaluating and improving your employee wellbeing efforts. By drawing on the retrospective experience of an employee, employers can make positive changes to improve the wellbeing of their workforce.

It’s highly likely that an employee set to exit the business will be prepared to be more honest and candid with their employer with regards to their experience. It is also an opportunity for employees to create brand ambassadors, who will continue to contribute to their employer brand after leaving their employment.

The following article offers an in-depth look at exit interviews and how to use them to improve your focus on employee wellbeing.

Exit interviews: the key to your future recruitment?


If you require any further support when it comes to improving the wellbeing of your employees, or supporting staff with mental ill health, we run a number of events that could help, see our events page to learn more.