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How the Workplace Directly Influences Employee Health and Wellbeing

Contrary to what a boss might think, only 12 percent of employees leave their jobs for more money. And a toxic work environment, or a dislike for one’s boss, is one of the major reasons people quit.

That’s because employee health and well-being are either directly or indirectly impacted by the environment within a workplace and the leaders who create them.

So what does a healthy workplace look like? And how does it impact an employee’s health?

Let’s take a look.

1. The Presence of Social Support

While a sense of competition can boost productivity, too much of it can be detrimental to your employees’ health. That’s because an overly competitive workplace makes it difficult for employees to bond with one another.

Promoting a spirit of mutual support and teamwork can boost companionship and camaraderie to create a strong, healthy, social support system for your employees.

2. Perceived Fairness

A general sense of prevailing fairness and non-discriminatory ideology can go a long way in defining an employee’s health. When employees feel like their work is evaluated without any preconceived bias, and on the basis of merit, they are motivated and driven to doing their best.

Perceived fairness maximizes productivity, and creates a happier place for employees to work in.

3. Incorporating Movement

Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time can be detrimental to your health. That’s why incorporating more movement into your work environment is a great way to reduce the risk of employees developing health problems.

Frequent breaks, workplace gyms, and encouraging more activity are great ways to keep your employees fit, alert, and productive throughout the day.

4. Addressing Conflict

Conflict is an inevitable part of life, and the workplace is not an exception. However, how you resolve conflict can have a big impact on the work environment you create.

So turn that conflict into something positive, and make it an opportunity for learning and growing. Forgiveness, empathy, and positivity is the way forward!

5. Employee Health Benefits

It’s simple – healthy employees are just more productive. Connecting your employees to good health care programs and offering them support is only going to keep your business in good shape, and your employees loyal to you.

6. Attitude and Mindset

Promoting a positive culture within your workspace helps alleviate work-related stress. When your employees feel appreciated and motivated, it automatically makes them less susceptible to mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

A positive environment promotes resilience in the face of adversity.

Enhancing Employee Health and Wellbeing at the Workplace

It’s clear that a positive, empathic, and movement-oriented workplace will have numerous benefits for employee health and well-being. Not only is it great for your employees, but also for your overall productivity.

If that’s the kind of workplace you’re looking to foster, Community Strong Wellness is where you need to be. We are dedicated to helping workplaces improve to create a healthier, stronger community in St. Charles County.

Find out more about what we can do for you and let’s get started!