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15 Mar 2021

Why you should recognise your staff and how that can help workplace wellbeing

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has negatively impacted workplace wellbeing this last year, encroaching on people’s work and personal life. As an employer, your staff’s wellbeing should be at the forefront of your mind, not just for productivity results, but because you care.

89% of workers with mental health problems report an impact on their working life. Whether that be through lower productivity, calling in sick, or even leaving their job, the signs are all there that workplace wellbeing has a massive impact on working life.


How workplace wellbeing can impact staff

Calling in sick

When your employees feel low or stressed, they’re more likely to be absent from work for any given amount of time. As a result of this, 95% of employees call in sick with stress and give a different reason, so workplace wellbeing may not even be on your radar. With that in mind, it is vitally important to try making work a better environment for your staff.



As a last resort, an employee may feel like they have no other option but to leave. If workplace wellbeing is affecting their work to a large degree and they have no support, they may hand in their notice as a result.


Why you should invest in helping workplace wellbeing


Mental health programmes can generate a return on investment of up to 800%. On top of this, staff turnover and lower productivity cost UK employers £42bn in 2017, and with mental health reaching crisis point, those numbers are sure to rise.



Over half of those employed say company culture is more important than salary. For this reason, employers should work towards making their company a company of choice. Positive company culture helps raise questions and evaluate situations correctly. Due to this an analysis is a vital way to promote growth and development for your business.



How to help workplace wellbeing

Rewards and recognition

 To begin, just 13% of employees would be comfortable talking about mental illness at work, so implementing progressive and sympathetic rewards and recognition schemes can help tackle workplace wellbeing.



Alternatively, use Ecards to say thank you for your hard work accordingly. Over 50% of employees say a simple thank you would make them feel more valued. Therefore, encouraging positive feelings towards their work and lowering the possibility of absence.


Employee vouchers

Additionally, employers can choose to add extras to the Ecards they send, such as eco-points or employee vouchers, to increase their value. Vouchers from supermarket retailers can help take the stress away from everyday life and allow employees to treat themselves. Hence, helping them to concentrate on work.


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