What is Employee Wellbeing? Deliver a Workspace with Built-In Wellbeing

A healthy workforce is a productive and happy workforce. When it comes to motivating and engaging your employees, a little investment in their wellbeing can pay off in the long run. Even employees who work from home, whether part or full time, can become overwhelmed and feel they need to be available 24 hours a day. This can lead to stress and fatigue.

How can investing in employees’ wellbeing benefit your company’s bottom line? We’ll explain why you should invest in your employees’ wellbeing. Let’s get started.

What is employee wellbeing?

Employee wellbeing refers to the physical, mental, and emotional health of the employee in the workplace, outside of the workplace, and how wellbeing is affected by relationships, communication, tasks, expectations, and the  work environment.

Maintaining a high level of employee wellbeing means more than providing a healthy snack bar, a games room, or a gym. Organizations should understand that employee wellbeing goes beyond physical health; there are complex factors like mood, environment, leadership, and company culture.

Maintaining a holistic perspective of overall wellbeing and satisfaction is increasingly important now that many people are working from home full or part time.

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What affects employee wellbeing?

According to the Innovative Workplace Institute, seven dimensions affect employee wellbeing, separated into three categories: physical, mental, and social. The COVID-19 health crisis impacted all aspects. That’s why employee wellbeing has become one of the top priorities for companies around the world.

Physical wellness involves encouraging employees to have healthy habits, adequate sleep, help them keep fit, and provide healthy food choices at the workplace. A comfortable and clean work environment is also part of the physical wellbeing of workers.

For employees working remotely part or full time, this can be a challenge. Sometimes companies need to be creative, providing laptop stands, ergonomic keyboards, or noise-canceling headphones to ensure their employees are comfortable.

Mental wellness is also a critical aspect of employees’ wellbeing. During the pandemic, stress levels increased for everyone, with feelings of fear and uncertainty becoming overwhelming for some people. Research from Cambridge University shows that high stress levels reduce the ability to focus, remember, and plan. Therefore, having the right tools in place, such as “no meeting days”, encouraging employees not to be “on” 24/7, supportive resources contributes to your employees’ mental wellbeing—and your bottom line.

Finally, humans crave social interaction, belonging, and affection. Therefore, it is important to invest in your employees’ social wellness. Areas that may affect your employee’s social wellbeing may include team and leadership activities, volunteer opportunities, inclusive company culture, and opportunities for social interaction.

Why is employee wellbeing important?

Employee wellbeing impacts many aspects of an organization. For instance, according to a report from Gallup, enjoying work and having meaningful relationships are two of the five elements that can help a person achieve holistic wellbeing. The five elements are career, social, financial, physical, and community wellbeing.

People enjoying balance in these five elements are most likely to increase their engagement with work, be more collaborative, keen to learn new things, and innovative.

Gallup found a causal relationship between engagement and wellbeing, with consequences in productivity and performance. As they explain, “Engagement and wellbeing are highly reciprocal, with each influencing the future state of the other to a similar degree.”

Employers can help attend to these five elements of employee wellbeing.

  • Social - Facilitate meaningful relationships in the workplace. The social aspect at work should be encouraged. Even when working remotely, plan social interactions, give employees a way to send congratulations to others, or have virtual social meetings.
  • Career - Support your employee’s career goals, promote learning and development, create a succession planning program and most importantly, support work-life harmony.
  • Physical - Create comprehensive programs to meet the employee where they are, whether sleep, nutrition, physical or mental wellbeing programs and resources.
  • Community – Create a sense of belonging at work. Allow for networking within common interest groups. Create Employee Resource Groups.

A wellbeing program can reduce employee burnout

Employee burnout is a concern for most companies, and it is a global problem. According to Deloitte, in a recent survey of over 1000 respondents, 77% say they have experienced burnout at their current job.

With remote work, the stats are not better. People meet more often via video calls, and while remote work can increase productivity, it can also increase burnout. With a quarter of Americans working remotely in 2021, preventing burnout is essential.

Benefits of Implementing a Digital Wellness Plan for Employee Wellbeing

One way to achieve employee wellbeing is undoubtedly by focusing on their digital wellness. This means achieving a healthy relationship with technology in the workplace and in employees’ personal lives by reducing the burnout.

Taking digital wellness action may include using productivity tools that block notifications during focused work hours or improve the employee experience inside a digital workspace. Some of the benefits of implementing digital wellness may include:

Lower anxiety and stress

When employees are working non-stop or using excessive technology, it may lead to them having lower confidence levels and taking more sick days. Companies that focus on digital wellness see more productivity and employee satisfaction. As the Gallup report says, “Workplace burnout is reduced to near zero among engaged, high-wellbeing employees who also work in a culture that honors individual strengths.”

Increased productivity

Digital wellness activities increase productivity partly by simplifying tasks. Since the average employee uses more than a dozen applications to do their work, it is not surprising that they spend a lot of time switching between apps. By promoting digital wellness, not only will employees be more productive and engaged, but worker burnout will be reduced. Better employee satisfaction

Wellbeing initiatives, especially those with digital wellness, provide a better work/life experience for employees, critical for job satisfaction. By adopting wellbeing practices—such as flexible work schedules—companies have more satisfied employees.

How to Improve Employee Wellbeing with Technology

Companies can adopt wellness apps and technologies to promote their employees’ wellbeing. For example, apps the remind you to take an ergonomic break and stand-up and move, at designated times during the day.

Digital wellbeing can also be achieved through digital workspaces. Digital workspaces are powered with AI and machine-learning technology that determine how an employee is most productive. It optimizes their workspace by presenting the apps, data, and tools they use more frequently in an intuitive interface. The centralized and unified workspace minimizes distractions and simplifies tasks.

These workspaces allow users to create their own micro-apps that streamline their workflows, making them more efficient. The automation of simple tasks saves time and effort. This means employees can focus on the core work instead of wasting time on endless approvals or calendar invites. Since users can also customize their automation and micro apps, this gives them a level of flexibility that lowers stress levels, making their work easier.

Integrations ease employee stress. Having to work with separate apps that don’t integrate can be a nightmare, wasting time and effort. Workspace solutions facilitate the integration of new software and apps. Since all applications work inside a unified workspace, it is easier to add new features or apps.

How Citrix Workspace Improves Employee Experience and Wellbeing

Citrix Workspace is an all-in-one platform that enables organizations to improve their employees’ experience and wellbeing. It simplifies work, automates tasks, and makes switching between tasks a seamless experience.

Using micro apps, companies can give employees customized tools. This includes wellbeing applications such as a daily check-in,  a wellbeing survey or wellbeing reminders.

Supporting employee wellbeing and providing the opportunities for feedback reinforces the employee is valued they are valued and seen as an individual. When employees feel valued, they are more engaged. Citrix Workspace allows you to provide those  wellbeing  tool recommendations to support your teams, keep them engaged which will result in higher performing teams.

One of the goals here at Citrix is to embed wellbeing in every area of the digital workspace experience. In the video above, you can see how this works in real time during a typical worker’s day. Citrix allows companies to give their employees the flexibility to work from anywhere as if they are in the office, collaborating seamlessly without losing continuity.

You can learn more about how Citrix Workspace supports employee wellbeing, improves productivity and employee satisfaction by talking to an expert.

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