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.

importance of employee wellbeing

“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

“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:

  1. Improved employee performance and attitudes
  2. Better productivity
  3. A more creative environment
  4. Employees using fewer sick days
  5. Better morale
  6. 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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Randy Quarin

Randy co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as a Senior Partner, focusing on business development within executive search, media, and sales recruitment. His accomplishments include building over a dozen digital media sales teams for digital start-ups, publishers, and mobile app developers. He has also helped launch an international smartphone manufacturer from the ground up, building its entire hardware, software, and sales teams.

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