According to a recent study by Gallup-Healthways, there are 5 crucial aspects of well-being. As a CEO, it’s important to pay attention to the wellness of your employees and understand how to foster an environment that helps your employees lead balanced, yet hard-working lives.
Large companies might have free cafeterias filled with an array of food, catering to specific diets. For small to medium-sized businesses it's practically impossible to mirror these kinds of perks. However, you have something greater to offer and that is empathy. You're able to have a different relationship with the company and offer highly effective and meaningful ways to make sure your employees know their value.
There are 5 elements of well-being, and a good CEO will be aware of this when fostering the culture at the office:
What is your purpose today? Do you like what you’re going to do today? Is there a daily goal? A long-term goal?
Do you have supportive relationships? Is there love in your life? (As a CEO you can be aware of how much time your employees have to lean into their non-professional relationships)
Do you like where you live? Do you feel secure? Are you proud of your community? (Are your employees happy with compensation and benefits?)
How do you feel in your body? Do you have the energy you need to get through the day? (Do your employees have gym benefits? Can they opt-in for a standing desk?)
As an employer, there are also little things that you can schedule throughout the month that make a big impact. Work is where people spend the majority of their time, so it’s important that your employees feel ‘a part of’. Plan regular team building outings (we love bubble soccer!), create health rewards, exercise together (Accelo has a Monday run club), and make healthy snacks that aren’t processed available in the office, apples and raw almonds provide energy and are easy to store.
The elements feed into one another, and taking the temperature of staff fulfillment will save you a lot of headaches down the line. Plus, people want to work for a company that cares. If your staff is consistently working late to meet deadlines and people are at the office all hours of the day, are you stepping in and reminding them to take a breath? To go home and get some rest? Give them the break they need: ask if they have time for exercise, do they have time to cook?
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