National Work Life Week (7–11th October) is upon us, so we thought we’d share some of our own thoughts on what makes a happy, healthy workplace.

For us it’s all about creating fair opportunities for everyone. By providing flexible working opportunities to our staff, we are ensuring working parents can progress in their career, while juggling family and childcare commitments alongside. It’s vital that those on maternity leave are supported and valued, and that working mothers can return to work without the fear of being left behind.

An equally important part of employee wellness is ensuring that stress levels are managed effectively among the workforce. In 2018, 12.5 million working days were lost due to stress-related health issues, according to a report by HSE. This is one of many reasons why employers should look to create and foster a healthier work environment for their staff. 

 

By effectively managing stress in the workplace, and supporting flexible working, every member of staff can enjoy increased productivity and a happier environment.  

 

If you’re wondering how you can improve your current working conditions, why not try one (or all four!) of our suggestions:

 

#1 Flexible working – to help your employees achieve a better work-life balance

#2 Social activities – such as away days, pub lunches and family picnics 

#3 Wellbeing in the office – offer subsidised yoga classes, massages, or ask employees to participate in a Step Count Challenge 

#4 Listen – ensure each and every employee has the opportunity to voice concerns or issues with their manager. This may be in the form of a 1-2-1 meeting or perhaps an online forum on your intranet.