The start of a brand-new year is upon us. Many of us are starting the year off with renewed goals of health and wellness. This is not just about losing a few pounds, hitting the gym a little more or watching what you eat. This includes overall well-being and that involves those who you work closely with. Your employees and co-workers.
So, what can leaders like you do to support your co-workers? Here are four ways you can make 2023 the healthiest year yet for your team.
- Create a “people first” work environment. Work-life balance, that’s all we hear about these days. Well, there is a reason why. People are realizing that the past workaholic culture of the United States just isn’t sustainable. Hustle culture is being replaced by a work culture that respects and nourishes its employees. So make sure you are evolving along with an evolving work culture. How? Offering flexibility and compassion whenever possible can help reduce work-related stress. Realize that your team has family and friends that are important outside of work.
- Ask how your team members are doing. When was the last time you actually inquired about an employee’s well-being? Physical and emotional. Setting up a time to check in and discuss how you can support them will help each person feel seen and cared for. Make sure to carve out time beyond your regular working meetings. Even a short conversation can make a big difference.
- Encourage teamwork. Research shows that collaborative problem-solving leads to better outcomes. People are more likely to take calculated risks that lead to innovation if they have the support of a team behind them. Working in a team encourages personal growth, increases job satisfaction, and reduces stress. It’s the foundation on which successful businesses are built.
- Recognize and celebrate wins! Recognition is an important driver of psychological wellness. Taking the time to recognize good work will make your people feel appreciated. This also incentivizes employees to continue to work hard and reinforces the impact of all they do. Doing so builds camaraderie, acts as an incentive for the next round of work and reinforces the teamwork you’ve already built. A little bit goes a long way.
As more research and evidence are released surrounding the links between mental health and happiness and productivity in the workplace, it’s important to ensure you’re actively cultivating a space and culture where employees are motivated to come to work get the job done.
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