Wellness permeates every layer of a person. It goes far beyond the physical, into emotional, mental and spiritual needs, and extends from the personal to professional life. In fact, as much as we may try to completely separate private matters from the those of the workplace, every conscientious employer knows that this is not only impossible, but unrealistic. Instead, employers should do their best to provide an environment that promotes growth on every level and fosters employee well-being, on the whole.
Meet Your Employees’ Most Basic Needs
Your employees are not only there for their own success and that of the company; this isn’t a one-way street. You must be there for them, as well. In his beloved work, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Dr. Steven Covey broke down the most basic human needs, or “self-renewal” areas: physical, social and emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. When these fundamental needs are met, a person is able to flourish in the other areas of their life, including at work. Without this wellness, however, productivity, growth and innovation are hindered, both in the home and professionally.
So it is your job as an employer to do what you can to provide a healthy environment for your employees. Allowing this holistic approach to guide your decisions will not only benefit those that work for you, but also the company, by extension.
How Can I Help?
As an employer, there are a number of ways you can help contribute to your employees’ overall well-being.
- To honor the physical self-renewal aspect, encourage and educate about stress management and healthy lifestyles. Perhaps partner with a gym to offer discounted rates and when you have catering brought to the office, ensure it is healthy.
- For social and emotional, assuring employees that HR is there to listen to their concerns is incredibly important. Just because it’s the workplace, doesn’t mean emotions are invalid.
- One way to encourage spiritual well-being is to provide breaks in the day. Allowing employees to step away from their work for a moment can help cleanse the mind.
- When it comes to fostering mental wellness, providing a challenge, organization and a break in the monotony can help stimulate the brain and prevent burnout.
Call Test Smartly Labs
At Test Smartly Labs, we offer workplace wellness assistance, helping you to recognize and address the self-renewal areas and promote holistic growth in your employees and your company.
To learn more about our workplace wellness offerings, contact your nearest Test Smartly Labs location today!