Workplaces have never been so vibrant, dynamic, and busy. Yet employees have never been more miserable, exhausted, and disengaged. Cognitive overload—when employees are burdened with too much information leaving them with little memory to store processed data—is killing creativity and leading to employee burnout. Plus, businesses are throwing away billions of dollars every year in productivity losses due to disengaged, inattentive employees who struggle to get things done.
Engaged employees are more productive every day and find more creative solutions to business challenges. Great employee engagement is why some companies have fantastic employee retention rates. By focussing on empowering their human capital with a holistic workplace wellness plan, such companies foster creativity and growth.
Here are 10 creative strategies companies adopt to ensure workplace wellness:
1. Collaboration through an open workspace design.
An open-office layout, with fewer personal cabins and more collaborative zones, encourages teams to get together to solve problems, innovate products and solutions, and connect with each other.
2. Emphasis on health with ergonomic furniture.
Chairs and desks designed to improve employee posture help avoid long-term back/shoulder problems. Harvard School of Public Health states that "Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a leading cause of employee injury and illness across industries and occupations. Fortunately, work-related MSDs and their associated costs can be prevented through the effective application of ergonomic principles." With ergonomic furniture at work, employees also realise that the company is invested in their continued good health and are therefore much more satisfied, energetic, and proactive at work.
3. Equal importance to mental health.
Considerate leaders, helpful HR staff, and access to doctors and therapists help employees deal with stress and pressure related to their personal and professional lives. Employees in companies that give equal importance to mental health are supportive of others and understand their need to be heard during difficult times. Leaders in such companies often encourage employees to take breaks from work and meditate—an incredible mind relaxation tool.
4. Employee growth through mentoring and coaching programs.
Employee development, training, and succession planning is given a great deal of importance in organisations driven by creativity. Leaders in such companies choose the 'Transformational Leadership' style and lead by inspiration and motivation. They train employees across functions and help everyone grow in their niche. Because employees get a great deal of support and interest from their corporate leaders and managers, they are likely to stay motivated and happy.
5. Drawing a connection between individual passion and company vision.
Organisations driven by creativity depend on employees to deliver innovative and ingenious ideas to reach their goals. They inspire employees to build a strong connection with the organisation by encouraging them to pick projects they are passionate about and tie them with the overriding goal. It’s a win-win for everyone.
6. Innovation through collaboration and teamwork.
Open communication and access to information goes a long way in helping employees deliver exceptional results. A culture of brainstorming and teamwork and a community spirit is at the centre of the structure of creative organisations. Employees show collective ownership over big wins and failures alike, keeping everyone motivated and alert.
7. Happiness and positivity through storytelling.
The Founder and Chief Storyteller of Dufter.in, Akhil Kakkar, believes that biographical storytelling, in positive ways, goes a long way in helping people understand and make sense of their lives. Similarly, organisations who care about employee wellness encourage teams to alter opinions about their lives and difficulties by expressing themselves through positive storytelling.
8. Emphasis on questioning as a way to problem-solving.
Encouraging employees to ask questions helps them gain deeper insights, puts things in perspective, and ensures fewer mistakes. In such organisations, employees who ask questions aren’t looked down upon; instead, they are applauded for their interest and desire to know more. Having a clear idea about what is expected, the problems one could face, and the end objective guarantees creativity and better results.
9. Team building through regular informal sessions.
Teamwork and community spirit are a result of a deeper connection between employees. And that happens when teams meet informally, outside of work, to connect around their personal lives, likes, interests, and passions. Organising regular off-sites, team building games, or just team dinners are a great way to get people out of their shells and build closer relations. Such relations become massive pillars of support when someone faces problems or hurdles. Knowing that the team has their back makes it easier for employees to stay positive and happy at work.
10. Using art to unleash creativity.
Art helps put imagination to good use. Simple exercises like building objects out of scrap or painting to relax and release stress are some ways employees unleash their creativity while giving their minds a break.
Employees are a your greatest assets and therefore, their wellness should be your priority. Give these 10 creative strategies for workplace wellness a try and see your employees feeling connected, inspired, motivated, and creative at work.