When it comes to the health of your employees, there’s always something more you can do to help ensure they’re well looked after. It’s not just the pandemic that has caused more concern for public health but for businesses, employees are coming to work every day.
Your employees, although they may not work for the remainder of their work life in your business, are spending a good portion of their day working. That means the surroundings are really important to help keep your employees fit, healthy, and more importantly, happy.
Let’s take a look at the tips you could take on board as an employer this year, in order to improve the health of employees in the workplace.
Improve the cleanliness of the air
Air quality is an important part of keeping the workplace healthy. It’s very easy to allow all types of pollution to penetrate the air within the working environment. From poor air filters to the general smells produced by equipment within the workplace, improving the cleanliness of the air is a highly effective way to keep your employees healthy.
If you’re having trouble with your A/Cs within the business premises, then it might be worth taking a look at your filters. Some of the filters you have fitted prior might not quite fit the appliance properly, especially if you’re not buying from the manufacturer of the A/C specifically.
However, you can easily get your hands on custom air filters that will fit your A/C appliances perfectly without needing to go back and forth to fit them properly.
Hike up any cleaning routines where necessary
Cleaning routines are a must-have within any workplace, no matter how many people you have working in the building or whatever size the building may be.
With the pandemic being somewhat of a distant memory, a lot of businesses are operating as usual. However, the cleaning routine and how frequently cleaners are going around the building have certainly grown.
This is to help ensure the premises stay as clean as possible and doesn’t become a breeding ground for COVID-19 or any illnesses that are spread via bacteria.
Keep the workspaces free of clutter
Everyone’s workspace, whether it’s a communal area or a private workstation, should be free of clutter. Why? Well, clutter is an opportunity for rodents to become attracted to but it’s also something that becomes a hazard in more ways than one.
If you’ve got empty boxes or equipment lying about on the floor, chances are, someone is going to trip over and cause themselves an injury. As a business, this isn’t something that you want to happen and you don’t want to have to deal with any legal trouble because of this.
By keeping your workspaces free of clutter, you’re going to save any unwanted injuries or nasties coming into the business premises. With that being said, make it a policy that all staff need to maintain a clean working area and that cleaners are disposing of any and all clutter on a daily basis.
If your business doesn’t currently have enough storage, hence the reason why there’s so much clutter on the floor, then invest in more storage.
Have anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies in place
When it comes to the workplace, every staff member wants to feel comfortable and safe within the space. Bullying or any form of discrimination should be stamped down immediately. If you are allowing it to continue, then you’re not going to win yourself the best reputation as a business.
With that being said, having anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies in place is a great way of taking control of the issues that arise. With policies in place, it gives you as the employer, the power to take action against anyone who disobeys these policies.
It helps to eradicate the individuals or at least give them a verbal or written warning for their behavior.
Ensure there’s a good work-life balance
Work is often all-encompassing for some people and while it’s no problem being a workaholic, even workaholics need to take a break every now and then. What is the current situation of employees taking their assigned vacation each year? It’s worth looking into the current work-life situation of your employees and considering what needs to change.
For example, do your staff currently eat at their desk during lunch breaks or do they actually take a break away from the desk? How often are they staying overtime or late at work? It’s important as an employer that you’re doing all that you can to ensure a good work-life balance not only for the health of your employees but for the quality of work they’re producing.
Monitor workloads for the mental wellbeing
Workloads vary from one person to the next. Some workers are able to take on anything and everything when it comes to their working week and others may only be able to do so much before having a meltdown.
It’s important to be respectful of what everyone can do and to not hold the same level of working ability as every single person in the workplace. That sort of management is only going to work for so long until you find people leaving the company for an easier life.
Keep an eye on the workloads that are being assigned and talk with managers and heads of departments about what they’re doing to keep everyone’s mental health in good condition.
Check in with staff with 1-2-1 meetings
Talking of mental well-being, checking in with your staff regularly is important. For most, a regular 1-2-1 meeting is ideal for keeping everyone in good spirits. At these meetings, you can go over the necessary topics of discussion but most importantly, to understand how they’re doing in the workplace mentally.
The health of your employees in the workplace is important to focus on so make sure you’re prioritizing your workers this year. It’s the difference between a low turnover of staff and a high turnover, all of which may impact your company’s reputation.