We spend almost a third of our lives at the workplace and use rest of the time trying to squeeze in seeing friends, relaxing, cultivating our hobbies, and maintaining a social life. More often than not, we face stress or anxiety when we are at work and we also see the same on others’ faces. In a study conducted in 2016/2017, an estimated 12.5 million working days were lost in the UK as employees felt lost due to work-related stress. Another study has found out that almost a quarter of UK survey respondents always felt stressed or anxious, with over three quarters stating that their company lacks any wellness scheme at their facility. Therefore, it is becoming necessary for businesses to take workplace wellness seriously. There are several ways in which employers can help their employees in dealing with work-related stress and anxiety.
Some of the popular ideas are flexible and remote working options. Optional incentives, internal policies and proper attitude at the workplace can also promote health and wellbeing. It is completely up to the employers to offer this flexibility and employees to make the most out of it.
Employers who maintain a positive, healthy culture generally stand out from their competitors. According to a Deloitte prediction, millennials are expected to make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, and they also seek a positive, healthy culture to work. Recent research conducted by PWC also shows that the younger generation is motivated by the work-life balance and believes in achieving a sense of purpose rather than financial success or job security. Some of the ways through which companies can help the employees feel well are weekly yoga classes, discounted services at the local gym, employee wellness challenge and alike. Apart from mental and health support, companies can also offer financial support, from childcare vouchers to quit smoking incentives. A happier, healthier workplace increases productivity among the employees, which, in turn, boosts profit. Additionally, these perks are also proven to attract, recruit, and retain talent.