Workplace wellness is an important topic for all industries. Having a safe place where people can come to work each day is about physical as well as mental health. Even though we have socially distancing for a year now, many workplaces are returning to in-person schedules, and the need to continue to promote a happy and productive workforce has never been greater.
In fact, one recent study found that when employees feel happy and satisfied at work they’re more productive and get tasks done more efficiently than those who feel undervalued or have other issues happening in the workplace environment.
With the month of March being, “Employee Spirit Month” we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share some tips for how businesses can grow employee morale and build better customer relationships. Here are few ways you can get started as you head back to the office!
Show Appreciation & Recognition
One of the best ways to show co-workers, employees, or customers that you care about their happiness is by rewarding them. Whether it’s a verbal “job well done” remark, a mention at the company board meeting, or a repeat customer discount, this appreciation can go a long way in fostering positive, happy relationships.
Schedule in Some Down Time
Even though everyone has been working hard from home and back at the office, there needs to be a balance between work and downtime. One great way to ease the mood and build team relationships is to schedule in some downtime. Perhaps a snack break or other event where work-related topics are tabled and a moment to relax is offered.
Keep Emotional Health in Mind
At the end of the day, we’re still going through an incredibly unprecedented time and stress levels, as well as emotional health from the COVID-19 pandemic, are very real. As we head back into the on-person workplace setting, it’s important that you continue to provide emotional support – especially for those who have been directly affected by a sick loved one or other issues outside work. Showing you truly care about their state of mind and feelings can go a long way.