Managers play an important role in executing an employee well-being strategy. You work closely with employees, know them on a deeper level, and can have an influence on their overall wellness.
“When managers are uncertain about their role in well-being, companies face a major roadblock to fostering well-being. Managers set the mood and tone of work environments — wielding the power to make or break the development of a culture of well-being,” says Jade Wood and Bailey Nelson on gallup.com.
“Managers amplify well-being by creating an environment that empowers employees to manage their own well-being — not by serving as counselors or financial planners. Managers should be well-being conduits — garnering employee ownership and connecting well-being to employees’ firsthand experiences,” they add.
Why employee well-being should be your main goal as a manager
When you focus on fostering an environment that promotes well-being, it benefits everyone – employees and employers alike. When you have a culture that focuses on well-being, you experience:
- Improved employee performance and attitudes
- Better productivity
- A more creative environment
- Employees using fewer sick days
- Better morale
- A better overall workplace culture
What to include in your employee well-being programs
There are a lot of things that you can do to promote employee well-being as a manager. To combat burnout, start offering more perks to employees, such as:
- Uncapped PTO
- 4-day work weeks
- Performance-based expectations vs. amount of hours worked at face value
- Half-day Fridays in the summer
- Flex time and lieu time
- Group meditation and yoga
There are many ways you can support your employees and promote a better work-life balance. Speak with your people to better understand what they find most valuable and helpful
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