4 Reasons You Should Invest in Employee Well-being and Business Culture

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Most Americans spend about 1,767 hours each year at work. That means they invest more time at work than any other activity. For many employees, work is a chore: something they do to put food on the table. But work doesn’t have to be this way. By continuously focusing on business culture, employers can support employee well-being to improve workers’ attitudes, job satisfaction and productivity. If promoting well-being and business culture is new to your company, it may take some time. But it’s well worth it. Here are four reasons you should invest in employee well-being and business culture.

  1. Enhances employee experiences

    Gallup says well-being is composed of all the things people value and how they experience their lives. So as employers, it’s important to provide job experiences that support employee satisfaction and overall well-being.

    In addition to having a job with meaningful work and competitive pay, employees want benefits and perks that meet their needs. They also want experiences that will enhance their personal and professional growth. The best way to find out what your employees value is to ask them. Conduct a pulse survey, asking a few questions to find out what employees want to learn and their preferences for upskilling.

  1. Strengthens relationships

    Every organization’s culture is different. Sometimes it’s warm and caring. Other times it’s toxic and negative. Employers should invest in employees and help them learn to accept and trust each other.

    Employees 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. These positive attitudes can lead to supportive and productive work teams. And your business will enjoy the rewards of a stronger company.

  1. Builds teams

    Employees who enjoy working together tend to be happier, more satisfied and productive. They encourage each other to pursue excellence. In a supportive team environment, work has more meaning and employees are more invested in taking care of customers and helping your company succeed.

    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, known as the feel-good hormone. This helps get through busy days or when working on demanding projects, so employees will have 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. In this situation, organizing team-building activities can help nudge employees to develop positive work relationships. In time, you’ll create a supportive community that reflects a positive attitude that customers will notice.

  1. Improves satisfaction and productivity

    In today’s society, people expect choices. So offering one choice for each well-being benefit will not meet employee 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 workers about their benefits, explaining the differences in coverage, cost and design. Emphasize the importance of preventive care to help them improve and maintain their health. By providing benefits choices, employees will be healthier and happier and more satisfied and productive on the job.

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