Sadly, stress and mental health issues exist in workplaces but not all businesses are supporting employees as well as they should.Stress is responsible for low productivity and poor retention rates, as well as increased absenteeism. A report by Vitality Insurance found that the UK economy lost almost £92 billion in 2019 as a result of ill-health related absence and presenteeism in the workplace, with an average of 38 working days lost per employee.
An intranet is an essential tool for managing your employee wellness system effectively. It will enable you to promote, monitor and manage wellness activities, resulting in a thriving team. Here’s how an intranet can help with employee wellbeing.
Try a wellness strategy
What better way to boost satisfaction levels than to improve employee experience… It’s helpful to leverage digital technology to build a wellness culture – a place where you can encourage participation and awareness of stress and mental health.
Your new program should encompass both physical and emotional health – and you’ll need to communicate your company’s strategy, making sure staff at every level are on board. This can be possible with your intranet which you could use to track managerial awareness of employee health statuses!
Foster a wellness hub
An intranet is a great way to promote a healthy mind and body, as well as good self-esteem. It can be used to share some fun and informative resources on a central location. Building a dedicated wellness hub and advertising it, shows colleagues how much your company values wellbeing. They can be notified when something that may appeal to them is uploaded. Remote workers can access it too and from any device as if they were in the office.
You could advertise social activities on Attollo, such as a five-a-side match, a drinks evening or a new yoga group. Users could then add these to their calendars with one click.
You could even offer free wellness coaching. Create a simple system such as a chart to help employees track their fitness activity, measure the results and encourage some friendly competition with colleagues. You could set up group chats or forums where workers can share their experiences. Motivate staff by offering rewards for completed milestones.
Encourage open chat
All leadership teams should be trying to remove the social stigma associated with mental health. Employees should be able to talk openly without fear.
Social features and immediate interaction are great ways to increase sociability and ensure people are not feeling distanced from the rest of the team. Attollo is a great place to establish forums and Teams chats to provide a space for people to talk openly, ultimately leading to stronger links within departments.
You could even nominate some staff to be wellbeing mentors to help support those who might be struggling. These people could be identifiable on their staff directory personal profile.
Creating good culture
Try to allow for remote or hybrid working where possible to give colleagues a break. Consider working conditions for people who are carers or have young children. Could they be offered more flexibility around work times?
And don’t forget, it doesn’t all have to be about work. Encourage staff to take time out to refresh. It could be something as simple as a regular message on your intranet homepage to remind employees to take regular breaks and to remember to use (rather than lose) their valuable holiday allowance.
How Attollo can help
A happy workforce is a productive workforce. A stress-free workplace is great for all colleagues but is also a great booster for your bottom line. If you’d like a no-obligation demo of what we can do for you, contact our experts today.