In this blog, we’re going to share our advice on how you can use modern technology, such as apps and innovative platforms to improve employee wellbeing within your business.
A Connected Workplace
It appears as if hybrid working is here to stay. If your employees are going to be working between the workplace and their home for the foreseeable future, it is crucial that you stay connected.
A lack of communication can create a tense workplace, where employees don’t feel productive, motivated to work together or engaged. Poor workplace communication can also create a sense of distrust between employees and management. Low morale and high-stress levels are also common issues that arise when a workplace does not communicate well. These factors can have a direct impact on the wellbeing of your team.
If you want to keep your team healthy and happy when hybrid working, you need to implement a culture of communication. And technology is the way to do this. Technology enables us to communicate effectively with our team, wherever they are working from. Zoom, Skype and other platforms allow us to hold meetings, conferences and one to one chats with our team.
But communication should go past “work” stuff. If you really want to create a connected culture with an open and trustworthy culture of communication, you should use technology to build positive employee friendships. For example, having an informal team group chat, or a “department WhatsApp chat”, will enable employees to chat and stay connected wherever they are working from.
Having a mix of online and real-life meetings and catch-ups will help your team stay connected and improve employee wellbeing. Plus, one-to-one informal chats with your employees are a great way to gain an understanding of how they are doing.
Work-life balance is important for employee wellbeing and the overall success of your company. If your employees don’t have a positive balance between their work and their personal life, their health will suffer.
Aside from physical and mental health, not having a healthy work-life balance can put a strain on employees relationships and family life. And it goes without saying that unhealthy, unhappy employees are going to significantly impact the day to day success of your company.
Employers that prioritise work-life balance often notice an increase in productivity and engagement, a decrease in absenteeism, boosted staff retention and higher morale. It will also help you attract a better talent pool when you are recruiting.
Helping employees achieve work-life balance when they are working remotely may seem challenging. But with the right technology, it's easier than you’d think. Platforms, such as Google Workspace, allow employees to communicate effectively, collaborate on projects and seamlessly organise workloads – wherever they are working from.
With everything they need at their fingertips, employees will be able to work productively and flexibly in hours that suit their lifestyle. This will allow them to fulfil other commitments and make better use of their time.
Having an unmanageable workload and unrealistic demands is one of the biggest causes of workplace stress. And the last thing you want is for your employees to be stressed.
According to HSE, more than 11 million working days are lost every year due to work-related stress. When struggling with stress in the workplace, an employee may struggle to concentrate, lack confidence, have no motivation, experience unexpected mood swings, be irritable and miss deadlines.
They won’t be as productive or engaged as usual, and their standard of work may decrease. Plus, they may take more time off than usual. Unfortunately, prolonged stress can lead to burnout, anxiety and depression.
As an employer, you have a responsibility to understand the causes of work-related stress and reduce them before they impact the health and wellbeing of your team. When it comes to unmanageable workloads, technology can be incredibly helpful. Online task management apps, such as Asana enables companies to organise workflows.
Whether your team is big or small, Asana will allow you to streamline task management and provide employees with the opportunity to manage their own workload. From small projects to strategic initiatives, employees can collaborate, share workloads and stay on top of their tasks.
Improved Physical And Mental Health
Do you have a successful employee wellbeing programme? Does your company help its employees stay emotionally and physically well? Have you ever considered using technology as part of your wellbeing programme?
There is a variety of apps and online tools available that can help your employees improve their overall wellbeing, both at home and in the workplace. The Wellspace Wellbeing App, for example, encourages employees to track their activity, sleep and mood. It provides them with advice and tips specifically tailored to help your team improve their physical and mental health.
Plus, the data from the app is displayed on an online portal that you, the employer, has access to. With this data, you can tailor activities and training to your team.
Aside from bringing your best team to work, employee wellbeing technology demonstrates that the company truly cares about its employees. When employees feel valued within a company, it reduces staff turnover and improves employee engagement.