Employee Benefits

4 Reasons to Support Employee Well-being in the Education Workplace

Teacher and student wearing facemasks in a classroom.

During the pandemic, teachers and education staff invested hours and hours working with students and their families. Each teacher modified their teaching platform and quickly moved it online. Like many, they often spent more time at work than doing other activities. And they still do. Prevent educational employees from burnout and stress by improving their work environment and helping them stay healthy. Consider four reasons to support employee well-being in the education workplace.

  1. Enhances employee experiences

    Gallup says well-being is composed of all the things people value and how they experience their lives. So educational organizations should provide job experiences that support employee satisfaction and well-being.

    In addition to having a job with meaningful work and competitive pay, teachers, administrators and staff want benefits and perks that meet their needs. And, they want experiences that will enhance their personal and professional growth. The best way to find out what employees value is to ask them. Conduct a pulse survey, asking a few questions to determine what employees want to learn and their interest in upskilling their knowledge and expertise.

  1. Strengthens relationships

    Every healthcare organization’s culture is different. Often, it’s the little things that create a positive or negative work environment. Experts say a healthy, positive culture can lead to more motivated employees, and better outcomes and experiences for students and their families.
    Teachers, administrators and staff who feel connected tend to exhibit a positive attitude. They’re more willing to believe the best in each other, creating a culture of people who care and trust each other. These positive attitudes can lead to supportive and productive work teams.

  1. Builds teams

    Educational team members who enjoy working together tend to be happier, more satisfied and productive. They encourage each other to pursue excellence. Work has more meaning, and employees are more invested in taking care of students and families and supporting their educational organization.
    Employees who feel connected with their coworkers are happier and healthier. They are less likely to feel lonely and stressed and they’re more energetic. Researchers say a sense of belonging increases people’s level of oxytocin, called the feel-good hormone. High levels of this hormone help educational employees get through busy days and demanding projects with less stress and job burnout.

    Team building requires intentional effort. Sometimes people naturally connect with others. But often, people are slow to accept each other. Organizing team-building activities can encourage employees to develop positive work relationships. In time, a positive work culture will emerge that students, families and community members will notice.

  1. Improves job satisfaction

    Teachers, administrators and staff want benefit choices. So offering one option for each well-being benefit may not meet their expectations. Instead, provide a range of plans and perks workers value with several coverage levels. These choices allow employees to personalize their benefits.

    Benefits also should support employees’ physical, mental, financial, social and spiritual well-being. Educate teachers, administrators and staff about their benefits, explaining the differences in coverage, cost and plan design. Emphasize the importance of preventive care to help them improve and maintain their health. By providing benefits choices, employees will be healthier, happier, more satisfied and productive, and less likely to leave their job.

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