Can you spot the trend?

Forbes released a report this year with the top 10 HR trends. The #1 (one) trend listed was employee wellbeing.

The American Institute for Stress reported that job stress cost US companies an estimated $300 billion per year.

 CEOWORLD Magazine recently listed the top three concerns keeping CEO’s up at night. The biggest concern is attracting and retaining top talent.

An article in the Harvard Business Review suggested Maslow’s hierarchy of needs should be a consideration in motivating employees:

Bring healthy and delicious snacks to work for your team, or advocate for your company to provide these in the kitchenette for free. Encourage your star performers to nap on the job (employees at Google have nap pods for this purpose), and empower employee physical activity breaks throughout the day or allow people to sign off at a reasonable hour. Put simply: Get the basics right— employees report that air quality and comfortable temperatures matter more than fitness facilities and tech-based health tools.

Employee well-being has never been more important. How does your organization take care of employee, associates, or team members?

Here are some suggestions:

1.    Make sure employees are aware of your organization’s EAP program or that they are educated on how and where they can get help if needed.

2.    Have ongoing wellness programs available that support personal physical fitness, proper nutrition, and quality sleep habits.

3.    Provide education opportunities for increasing their financial literacy (budgeting, retirement planning, and investment advice).

4.    Offer training to improve the quality of their work and personal relationships.

5.    Allow staff to freely contribute ideas in formal and informal ways. Ask for employee input through focus groups, surveys, town halls, and leadership luncheons.

 6.    Give your employees paid time off to volunteer in the community.

 7.    Consider offering sabbaticals for employees after a certain number of dedicated years of service.

While the cost of some of these ideas may be a deterrent, the cost of replacing staff is often much higher.

If you take care of your people, they’ll take care of your customers, and everyone will win.

#Pausitivity #employeewellbeing #workplacestress #employeeretention

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