Today marks the 5th week of the 3rd national lockdown. For some, the time will have flown by and for others it will have been a constant drag but either way the reality is that we still have a while to go until restrictions are lifted and we can all start to return to some form of normality.
In our last article 'Acknowledging WFH Health and Wellbeing', we covered a range of issues that related to the Health and Wellbeing of those working from home, be they employees, peers, partners or individuals. Within it we touched on the four key aspects of, quality Communication channels, the provision of the most appropriate Equipment, the provision of quality Support and Advice and the need for structure through Procedure and Systems. However, despite these very relevant and practical measures designed to improve people’s health and wellbeing conditions when WFH, sometimes people just need to feel wanted and valued. Therefore, with it being St Valentine’s Day at the end of the week, we thought a softer, lighter note to our article would be welcome, albeit still on an underlying professional note.
So read on to see how to let your employees, your peers, your business partners or even yourself ‘feel a little bit of love’.
Needing a Pickup?
The truth is that even the most upbeat and positive individual working within the best possible WFH setup can from time to time, feel a little low and in the need of a pickup. No one is immune to it and in particular at this time of year when the skies are leaden and the days are cold and wet. You’ve provided your employees with all the Products and Services to help them perform in an efficient and productive manner, something that ultimately benefits the business too through enhanced productivity, reduced absenteeism and other aspects. These ‘practical’ elements are obviously vitally important but ultimately, they are ’practical’ elements and for some employees, they will feel that when WFH, they are simply out of sight and out of mind.
Showing Employees WFH, That You Care
The good news is that there are many natural solutions to lifting the mood and they cost absolutely nothing. For example, knowing that:
For every passing day, we see an average of 2 minutes and 7 seconds extra day light, a total of almost 15 minutes extra per week
Our relatively mild winter has meant the first signs of Spring are already starting to make their presence known by way of emerging daffodils and snowdrops (global warming debate for another time as we try to stick to the positives!)
A brisk short walk is an excellent cardiovascular exercise, known to help energy levels and brain function. They allow time to clear the mind and provide hugely valuable exposure to natural light
These and many other free solutions, are really positive things that employees can be reminded of in whatever medium is deemed appropriate but ultimately, they don’t really come from the employer.
Whether for 200 employees or just one, letting them know that you are thinking of them and that you appreciate the work they are doing for the business in these much changed times, can go a long way to lifting their mood. This could be in the form of goodies, products or services delivered straight to their home, either as a one-off purchase or perhaps via a monthly or quarterly subscription service, thus bringing a smile to their face throughout the year.
Some ideas on different products to consider could include one or more of the following:
Indoor Plants - Send some healthy greenery for their office and the more, the merrier. The health and wellbeing benefits of living plants in and around the working environment are well known and believed to have a positive effect on productivity, stress and sickness levels. Consider: Hanging, Desk and Wall art plants
Beverages - Encourage employees to take regular breaks from their desk has perhaps never been more important. Why not send them some quality beverage products that they will look forward to. In the right measures, these will help to stimulate the mind and attention levels. Consider: - Freshly roasted and packed coffee in whole bean, ground or pod format - Fresh traditional, blended and herbal infused teas - Hot chocolate - Associated equipment (machines, cafetieres, grinders, teapots mugs, jars, trays etc.)
Health & Fitness - When WFH, there is naturally a tendency to under exercise due to a lack of commute. Therefore, encourage employees to exercise regularly before work, during a break or after work, to provide significant benefits to their general health and wellbeing. Consider: - Gym equipment (weights, vibration plates, foot massagers, rowing machines etc - Yoga equipment (mats, selfcare sets, accessories, lessons)
These are just a few ideas of how you could show your employees that you are thinking of them and not just in a ‘practical’ way. However, talking of practical, don’t forget of course that your business can claim a tax deduction for a gift to your employees and also reclaim the VAT on the cost of the gifts. (please take professional advice to confirm this)
In summary, sometimes it is the little things we do that can have the biggest effect. So, improve the bottom line of your business and dare we say it …... your staffs too 😊, by showing them a little ‘love’ this Valentine’s Day
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87% of home workers claim they are likely to stay with an employer if they demonstrated
a commitment to their wellbeing when WFH
Source – Employee Benefits