Employee Wellbeing: Do’s and Don’ts

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The events of recent years – big resignation, health pandemic, talent crisis – have highlighted the great importance of caring for employee well-being. And not only for a question of productivity: also as an essential formula in creating work spaces where people feel valued, understood and motivated.

To lead effectively, it is very important to know what to do and what to avoid to ensure that team members enjoy an excellent quality of work life.

So, in this article we are going to look at the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of People management, where we will explore effective strategies and common mistakes that we should avoid to improve the well-being of the people in our organization.

The Yes and No of Employee Wellbeing

Work Environment

Do: Foster an inclusive and mutually supportive environment
Don’t: Ignore toxic and discriminatory behaviors

 

Creating a work environment where everyone feels welcome and supported is essential. This means promoting a culture of inclusion and respect, where differences are valued and collaboration is encouraged.

Inclusion and mutual support not only improve employee well-being, but also increase creativity and innovation by harnessing diversity of thought and experience.

A Diversity and Inclusion survey will help you know how well you are managing the issue. With the right questions, you’ll know if you’re taking the right steps toward a safe environment for all employees.

Flexibility and Balance

Do: Respect personal time
Don’t: Require constant availability

 

It’s 9 at night and you just remembered something that needs to be included in the report that has to be presented next morning? It can wait until tomorrow.  It’s essential to respect employees’ personal time so that they can disconnect from their responsibilities and recharge their batteries.

To further optimize work-life balance, it would be interesting to include remote work options, flexible schedules, or adaptable vacation policies.

In any case, you should be clear that any ambiguity regarding what time and where employees should be available is very stressful, which does not help keep their well-being levels healthy.

Professional Development

Do: Encourage employees to be better
Don’t: Be afraid that the student will surpass the teacher

 

There is a general fear about the idea that employees may know more than their managers. On the contrary, its growth must be celebrated! Good leaders not only guide and teach, they are also willing to learn from their team.

Therefore, it is very important that you encourage them to learn new skills and accept challenges that will advance them in their career. The reality is, when employees grow, the entire team benefits.

Feedback 

Do: Open, constructive and two-way communication
Don’t: Ignore employees

 

Another relevant aspect for employee well-being is communication. It is essential that everyone at work can talk and hear each other, both managers and employees. This creates an environment of trust in which all people work better, feeling like a fundamental part of the team.

What if an idea is not suitable? Ignoring it is not the solution. All contributions deserve to be taken into account, so please appreciate the contribution and explain constructively why is not the time to carry it out.

Workload

Do: Ensure it is equitable and manageable
Don’t: Overload the best qualified employees

 

Sometimes it can be tempting to assign more work to more skilled team members simply because they do it better. However, this “trap” leads to exhaustion and demotivation even for the most competent people.

The key is to find balance by distributing tasks and responsibilities fairly among all employees. Thus, each person should have a workload that they can handle without feeling overwhelmed, taking into account their skills and abilities.

The idea is to create an environment where everyone can contribute effectively without being subjected to unnecessary stress, supporting their quality of life and well-being.

Recognition

Do: Recognize and celebrate achievements, both big and small
Don’t: Overlook employees’ success or attribute their achievements to other factors or people

 

Celebrating your employees’ successes, both big achievements and day-to-day victories, is key to keeping your team happy and motivated.

This simple act of appreciation is very powerful in showing that you value their work. And, in addition, it also serves to reinforce commitment and satisfaction.

But be careful: attributing their achievements solely to external factors or the efforts of others can have a negative impact on their morale. So, make sure that each employee receives appropriate recognition for their work. And if it’s in public, even better!

 

Are you ready to take the next step toward a healthier, more productive work environment? Start applying these strategies today and watch your business transform for the better. Furthermore, with Team Insights you can measure and see the progress of your actions easily and in real time. Don’t wait any longer and register for free!

 

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