Promote new ways to make wellbeing and productivity a central feature of your team's working day.
The Workplace Resilience Study by ADP Research, conducted before and during the pandemic in 2020, found workers’ levels of resilience were heavily impacted by their immediate team leaders. When leaders allowed workers the freedom to think for themselves and fostered a workplace culture of “trust” this had a direct relationship on the intrinsic level of resilience a person feels.
Making wellbeing a priority during these challenging times.
Taking care of workers wellbeing is becoming more critical than ever. According to recent research, just under half of the UK workforce surveyed has suffered a decline in their mental health since working from home since Covid-19, whilst BUPA reports its wellbeing advice line has received a 300 per cent increase in calls.
Creating a positive wellbeing culture
Companies have an important role to play in creating a positive wellbeing culture as workers perceive an increasing pressure to perform, alongside new working patterns and ways of working.
In a recent survey by Robert Walters d 87% of workers who now work remotely felt pressured to be more productive, with the added element of being digitally present.
Half of the managers surveyed in the report feared employees could be at risk of burnout as a result of the increased pressures felt by teams.
Managing Employees' Expectations
Workers expectation that they need to be 'digitally present' is impacting stress levels of team members and positive wellbeing behaviours at work. 41% of workers in a recent survey admitted to being more likely to work through lunch breaks, 38% are working longer hours and 29% reported feeling more stressed.
Absenteeism vs Presenteeism Costs
The cost of workers being at work but underperforming due to poor wellbeing or mental health is 3.5 times higher than the cost to employers of mental health related absence.
ROI on Mental Health and Employee Wellbeing
The costs of poor mental health to UK employers, have increased by 16%, now costing up to £45 billion.
Deloitte's updated work also makes a positive case for investment in mental health by employers, finding an average return of £5 for every £1 spent
Workplace Wellbeing Beyond COVID-19
A recent study by Deloitte urges business leaders to invest in understanding their workers’ varied and complex needs – now and projecting beyond COVID-19.
"If not, leaders risk allowing productivity and morale to wane by implementing ineffective measures."