Four ways to enhance employee safety, health, and well-being in 2022

Uncategorized Jul 06, 2022

Employers and employees are still navigating ever-changing safety policies and work arrangements following the pandemic's consequences. According to Qualtrics research, 93 percent of employees believe the way we work has changed "fundamentally and forever," to the point where employees are willing to remove "the new normal" from their vocabulary.

Workers are now putting their physical and emotional health first when deciding where they want to work and what they want from their employers. When considering where to work, over three-quarters of employees say workplace health and safety is a significant issue. Not only that, but workers are burned out—58 percent believe their workplace is the primary source of their mental health problems—and want more flexible work options to better balance their professional and personal lives.

Data has repeatedly demonstrated that happy and healthy employees produce superior business results. As more businesses reopen physical offices and consider how they will approach hybrid and remote work, executives can use four practical strategies to ensure that their employees feel safe, healthy, engaged, and supported at work.

 

Establish clear lines of communication 

People look to their leaders for advice and assistance. Thus managers play an essential role in solving the mental health problem. More than half of employees (58%) are comfortable with their boss asking them about their mental health regularly, and 41% want their boss to ask them. Leaders may assist develop resilience and ensure staff has what they need to stay productive and successful by speaking with them frequently with empathy and honesty.

Provide options for giving feedback

Companies that want to know how employees feel about various topics—from how safe they think working in a physical office to what benefits they believe would best help their mental health—should develop a robust, continuous feedback loop. It can assist business executives in better understanding employee needs, identifying critical experience gaps, and determining where and when to intervene in real-time.

 

Employers can use Qualtrics' safety and well-being at work solutions to uncover the most critical drivers of employees' sense of workplace safety and overall well-being. Leaders can understand their unique workforce's changing requirements and expectations by using experience data—how employees think and feel about work—to create initiatives that will bring actual change.

Remedy issues 

People managers can provide more meaningful support when they better understand emerging challenges. Employers can use the deeper insights gained from the feedback loop and continuous communication to develop and improve programs and services that better reflect the interests and requirements of their employees.

Offer more flexible work options.

Everyone has their interpretation of "workplace flexibility." Employees describe flexible work in three ways, according to Qualtrics: choosing which hours of the day they work, choosing which days of the week they work, and being able to work remotely from any location. On the other hand, others define flexibility as taking a vacation whenever they choose or running errands in the middle of the day without fear of retaliation.

Remote work has sparked increased discussion about workplace flexibility. For example, according to the same survey, remote workers have worked from a bathtub, a Starbucks drive-through, a nail salon, a city bus, the beach, and even an amusement park.

Greater attention from leadership, real-time insights from employees, and innovative technology can all assist enhance morale and promote mental well-being in the lives of employees everywhere when used as part of a coordinated approach.

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