As recruiters we are exposed to all sorts of workplace cultures. They are constantly evolving and require a genuine commitment and investment by the leaders and employees in equal measure. As recruiters, workplace culture can be the tipping point for any candidate. if great, then it’s an easy sell. If it is still evolving and needs work then convincing potential employees to take that leap of faith can be challenging and quite frankly who can blame them. But as we know workplace culture is not a candidate’s only consideration but it’s up there. Workplace culture or the wrong kind or lack thereof can often be the reason why people elect to leave a role, especially if it’s toxic, so investing time and resources to workplace wellness means investing in your team; helping them build resilience and hopefully, maximising the contribution they make to the organisation during their employment.
What is wellbeing?
1. A good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterised by health, happiness, and prosperity; welfare:
to influence the well-being of the nation and it’s people.
It should go without saying that creating opportunities within the workplace to improve well-being should be inclusive. Well-being doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone has to do it together, although team activities are certainly encouraged.
Some workplaces for example encourage their employees to attend a lunch-time spin class together as a ‘team bonding’ activity. These sessions can be a fun way to alleviate the pressures of the working day and well suited to a group of competitive fitness fanatics. Obviously high-intensity spin classes are not for the fainthearted and this example lends itself to the point that activities should be chosen carefully depending on what will appeal to your team.
Wellness activities in the workplace should be achievable and optional. Inspiring wellness in the workplace is about creating opportunities for staff to comfortably and willingly make time for their health and wellbeing during the working day.
Lisa Tynan who contributes to TopResume has written a great piece on recognizing the signs that you are working in a toxic environment with a few tips on how to handle it: https://www.topresume.com/career-advice/how-to-handle-toxic-work-environment
and another by Amy Rees Anderson a Forbes contributor: https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyanderson/2013/06/17/coping-in-a-toxic-work-environment/#6891689c7461
Here are some other suggestions for improving well-being, that while they may not fix a toxic environment, they will assist people to cope and take some control of their own place in it, including taking a break from a desk and MOVING!
It’s common knowledge that sitting at desks all day is bad for our health. Being stationary for large portions of the day is a real issue, so this means adapting workplaces so employees are encouraged to move on the regular:
- Standing desks
- Varied workspaces
- Walking meetings
- Extended lunch-breaks to encourage mid-day exercise
- Make your organisation bike friendly
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