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The health and wellbeing of your employees matter more now than ever. While many workplaces are closed, businesses are beginning to think about life after the pandemic and what it’s going to be like when colleagues start working together again.
There’ll be a lot of changes to make to policies and workspaces, but the health of your employees is what should take priority. Take the following into consideration and make sure your employees’ health and wellbeing come first.
Put new measures in place to keep employees safe
Coming back after periods of lockdown, remote working, and isolation, the workplace is going to be an entirely new landscape. Your company will need to look at its policies and ensure that employees are as safe as they can be when they return to work. From putting more sanitation products out for employees to being strict on quarantining, there are different measures you can put in place to maintain a healthy workplace and keep your teams safe.
Get ready to offer flexible working
Many employers have had to adjust their working practices to be able to survive the pandemic. It’s new territory for many businesses, but allowing employees to work from home is not only keeping them safe, but it’s demonstrating that it is something that businesses can implement successfully in the future. First, Twitter, and now Facebook has announced permanent work-from-home arrangements for employees, and it could be a trend that many other businesses adopt over the coming months. Flexible working could have many benefits for your business, and potentially save you money on your operating costs too.
Consider changing employee benefits
People are starting to become more concerned about their health, and this is something your business should be thinking about too. There are various health benefits your business could be provided in lieu of others to help match their priorities. Private health, vision insurance, gym memberships, and other types of employee benefits could be of interest to your employees right now. Consult with your workers about any proposed changes to make sure they have a say.
Help employees keep on top of their mental health
Mental health is just as important as physical health. It’s been a difficult time for many recently, and as an employer, you could do a lot to boost employees’ mental health. There are ways you can support employee mental health during a pandemic and beyond, helping to build a happy and healthy workforce. It’s important to be understanding as people transition back into the office environment, so make allowances and be prepared for things to take time.
Employee health and wellbeing should always be a priority for your business, but it will be even more important going forward. To help build a strong team, you need to keep them healthy and motivated, and prioritizing health in the workplace will make a strong start. Focus on what you can do to improve employee health and wellbeing both now and for the future.