health at workIn the recent past, there has been an increase in recognition of employee’s health and wellbeing both in and outside of the workplace. This is a measure being taken by employers to get the best out of their employees. Many people who hold managerial positions are adopting this kind of practice, which is realizing more returns than the old system in which employees could only care about their wellbeing. Research has shown that increased employee wellbeing has a big impact with improved profitability, quality of work output and labor productivity. Job satisfaction aspects like sufficient training, opportunities to develop skills, the scope to which they can use their initiated ideas and how much they can influence decision-making greatly affect production at workplace.

The wellbeing of an employee is determined by various factors in their life and how they relate with other people in their life. A person’s character, social and family life are some main factors which could determine one’s wellbeing; however, the way an employer runs a workplace has been proven -through research to have significant impact to their employees.

How to improve the wellbeing of an individual at a workplace

Level of autonomy an employee has

Employees need to have a degree to which they can determine how to do their job. This does not necessarily mean that the employee can ignore preset conditions but rather it means that employees have a discretion up to which they undertake duty. One beneficial factor to consider is an organization involving employees in crucial decision-making. This is very important factor in establishing a healthy workplace. Communication and consultation rights give an employee a “voice”.

Job design

Job design is very important in maintaining the health of employees. It starts from reporting time, break durations, the kind of working atmosphere and how diversified designated duties are. Employees with varied skills can be rotated in stations at workplace. The office or workplace should be designed to give all the related and needed comfort. An employee who spends most time either seated or standing is not going to be healthy. The job should be designed in such a way that employees can flex. Breaks should be considered especially for highly tedious jobs. An employee should have good health at work and at home, a healthy and happy employee will work efficiently.

Supportive supervision

This very critical section needs to be addressed in the workplace. Most employers tend to choose the wrong supervisors to oversee hardworking employees. This leads to poor and strained relationship between the entry-level employees and management. However, training supervisors how to effectively handle employees can help resolve this problem. Supervisors with adequate training know how to handle employees such that they can even get support from them (employees). The management needs to be clear on what it expects of the staff. Employees need to know what kind of feedback to give. A regular appraisal system and clearly defined terms and conditions can do well.

Security at a workplace

Physical security plays a vital role in the wellbeing of an employee. Safety needs to be addressed at a workplace starting from fire safety to health safety to terror safety. A physically protected employee will work with much ease increasing chances of quality work output. All employees at a workplace need to be treated with fairness in administering physical security. Job security should also be addressed for additional wellbeing of employees. An employee who is not guaranteed of a job tomorrow may not be efficient.

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