As an employer, it’s your responsibly to ensure that your staff are happy in the workplace – but when workloads are growing and deadlines are tight, it can be difficult to know the mental and physical implications on your staff.

However, there are numerous things you can do to promote a healthy, happy and productive working environment. Here are just five ways in which you can boost the wellbeing of your employees.

Offer flexible working arrangements

Giving your staff the freedom to choose when, where and how they work not only has a positive impact on their mental health but also on business productivity. Not everyone works in the same way, and the 9-5 model simply doesn’t suit increasingly busy lives. We all need a work-life balance, and lack of flexibility can soon start to affect our mental health.

Here at GC, we allow our staff to work their contracted hours between the hours of 7am and 7pm based on business needs – and we also give them the opportunity to work from home on a regular basis. This means employees can avoid the stressful commute, spend more time with their families and fit hobbies and personal appointments in around their working day.

Provide healthy snacks

Offering your staff free fresh fruit will ensure that they always have access to a healthy snack to beat the mid-afternoon slump. If your organisation has an on-site canteen, think about the number of healthy options you have available. You might want to install a salad bar, or have a smoothie station so busy workers can get their vitamin fix on-the-go.

Adopt an employee assistance programme

Employee assistance programmes are a great way to provide health and wellbeing support to your staff, and it's something we provide here at the Growth Company. Trained professionals can help your staff with a wide range of personal and professional issues over the phone – from mental health and stress management to relationship troubles and money worries. These kinds of services support health and wellbeing, and can help to reduce absenteeism.

Introduce free fitness and wellness classes

Activities like yoga, Pilates and meditation can help your staff to relax either before or after the working day – helping them to focus and destress. If you haven’t got space to host your own fitness classes, why not partner up with local gyms to offer discounts to your employees? After all, healthy bodies contribute to healthy minds.

Encourage open and honest conversations

Transparency is key between managers and their team, and one of the ways to promote this is to encourage honest, open conversations. Whether it’s asking for support on a project, or giving staff the opportunity to discuss any personal problems which may be affecting their ability to do their job – taking time to have those ‘difficult’ conversations can do wonders in terms of making staff feel supported and valued.

Employee health and wellbeing affects more than just our absence rates. It has been proved many times that healthier people are happier, more engaged and more productive in the workplace. At GC Organisational Improvement, we can help your business to create a happy, healthy workplace. Get in touch today to see how our services can benefit your business.