How Good Managers Impact Employee Wellbeing

As a manager, it’s important to play an active role in supporting the health and wellbeing of your workforce. As businesses continue to actively improve the health and wellbeing of their employees, you can also play an integral role in your workforce. What steps can you take to positively impact your employees’ wellbeing?

The impact of the workplace on an employee’s health is clear. In fact, those who have a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing miss less work, solve problems more readily and adapt to change more quickly.

As a manager, you have the power to create a healthier work environment. You will have opportunities to lead your employees by example and stimulate change. It’s also a great opportunity to serve as a healthy role model.

By giving employees opportunities to keep their health and wellbeing a priority, employees will adopt healthy behaviours.

However, many managers feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed at the responsibility of promoting employee wellbeing. After all, playing the role of “life coach” sounds daunting.

But as a manager, you have a responsibility to establish positive outcomes for the long-term of your business and employees’ wellbeing.

So, how can you positively impact your employees’ wellbeing? Here are four steps you can implement:

  1. Encourage positive conversations: Empower your employees by setting a tone of acceptance. Invite your employees to celebrate wellbeing by encouraging them to take ownership of their health. Have positive conversations with them and share your ideas on how to build a positive work environment that can help them achieve better health and wellbeing.

  2. Provide useful information: Connect with your employees by providing wellbeing opportunities, activities or information. While you can’t change your employees’ lifestyles, you can regularly remind them of the information and opportunities that are available.

  3. Walk the talk: Employees are more likely to listen to your wellbeing ideas if they can see you are also making a conscious effort. Participate in wellbeing activities or make small changes to your diet. This will encourage employee participation and buy-in.

  4. Invest in your employees: While enhancing health and wellbeing has positive business outcomes, it’s also important to invest in each employee and genuinely care about their wellbeing. Encourage your employees to set goals or ask about their progress. By having open conversations, you’re displaying a commitment to improving your employees’ health and wellbeing.

As a manager, you can help make healthier choices easy, convenient and enjoyable for your employees. Use your role to lead by example and create a sustainable, healthier work environment for your employees. By implementing these four steps, you can help create a happier and healthier workforce.