What could a truly supportive workplace look like?

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Many organisations can talk the talk when it comes to employee wellbeing and mental health awareness but how many really walk the walk? Creating a supportive environment requires businesses and leadership to take an authentically sensitive approach rather than simply paying lip service.

Doing so can have a huge impact on the overall culture of your workplace, the productivity of your teams and on your individual employee’s physical and mental health, wellbeing, and happiness.

 

The benefits of a positive work environment

 

A survey conducted by Mind UK found that 21% of employees had called in sick to avoid workplace stress and 42% had considered resigning because they were struggling at work.  

In contrast, building positive work environments can: 

  • Boost productivity 

  • Reduce employee turnover 

  • Encourage growth and personal development 

  • Increase employee engagement and improve morale 

  • Build a strong employer brand and reduce your talent attraction costs

 

5 ways to create a supportive environment in your organisation

 

If you are one of the 56% of employers who would like to do more to improve employee wellbeing but feel you don’t know where to start, here are five ways to facilitate and support stressful ebbs and flows in workplace lifecycles:

 

  • Recognise and respect employees as individuals

Creating a supportive workplace means recognising that your employees are people with their own ambitions and needs. Leaders should offer holistic support that seeks to do more than simply motivate employees. Give them the autonomy to work, put your trust in them, and offer them the security of competitive pay and flexibility when it comes to benefits. Above all bear in mind that every individual is unique. Ask your employees how you as their employer can best support them. Consider tailoring benefits and training development programs to the individual. Doing so will not only improve performance but show employees that they are valued, encouraging them to stay with you for longer.

 

  • Clearly communicate expectations and values

Use your internal and external communications to clearly express your workplace culture, expectations, and values. Regularly demonstrating your dedication to mental health and wellbeing in your internal processes, social media content and messaging will help align employees with your mission, build your employer brand and attract better talent. Including this messaging throughout the employee lifecycle through onboarding procedures, advancement and goal setting connects wellbeing behaviours to the day-to-day activity of the company.

 

  • Lead by example

Strong teams are shaped by strong leadership. The right example can be a source of inspiration. Make sure you are demonstrating healthy work behaviours. When you model unhealthy behaviours, such as eating at your desk or repeatedly working long hours you are unintentionally becoming a source of stress to employees who may feel they are obligated to follow your example. Take breaks, get involved in wellness programmes, positively engage with colleagues, and team members, and avoid working excessive hours. 

 

  • Build better HR processes

Human resources processes are the backbone of strong employee wellbeing without which it’s impossible to foster a supportive workplace environment. Spend time improving your HR processes to include regular check-ins, personalised development plans and strong onboarding. Encourage open, ongoing communication between employees, managers and HR. Promote security by showing employees you have a long-term plan for their training during their time with you. Give human resources the freedom to develop wellness programmes that include counselling and other services.

 

  • Develop your resource planning

Resource planning might not seem to contribute to your employees’ sense of overall wellbeing but done well it can be an effective way to motivate and engage your teams and remove sources of stress. In many industries, particularly technology, periods of heavy workloads and time “crunches” have been normalised. However, with effective resource planning you can mitigate the effects of short deadlines and overtime. Additionally, by identifying the resources your managers need when it comes to hiring you can help them find the right talent and build effective teams.

 

At Fruition IT we believe in building supportive, happy teams

 

That’s why our support doesn’t stop after you’ve found the talented technology professionals you’re searching for. We work alongside you to help build holistic hiring processes, welcoming onboarding procedures and an employer brand that puts health and wellbeing at the forefront. Support your employees at every stage of their journey with you.

Contact us today to find out more.

 

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