Anushweta Sinharay

Unlocking Potential: Empowering Employees Through Well-Being Initiatives | Anushweta Sinharay | Senior Manager-HR | Zeno India

Anushweta SinharayAs the saying goes, “Take care of your people, and they will take care of your business”. In today’s dynamic landscape of modern business, where skilled professionals are in high demand, retaining top talent has become paramount for business success. While we have surpassed the era of the Great Resignation, organizations are still experiencing remnants of it albeit sporadically. What’s essential is to create an environment that would encourage employees to continue their association with the organization. Gone are the days when a hefty paycheck and material perks were sufficient to keep employees satisfied and engaged. They are increasingly prioritizing stress-free work environments and looking for supportive cultures that value mental health, offer flexible schedules, remote work options, wellness programs and are keen to work in organizations that have sustainability goals, which align with their personal goals and values.

There is sufficient data to prove that burnout among employees exist, especially in the communication Industry. This industry is dynamic and fast-paced, and involves managing multiple stakeholders, creating an environment that demands the professionals to be always on their toes with an ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines. Research has consistently shown that employees who feel overworked or stressed are more likely to seek opportunities elsewhere, resulting in talent drain and increased hiring costs. It’s indispensable for companies
to make sure that employees can be at their best, as happy and healthy employees are more productive, creative, and resilient in the face of challenges.

In an environment where competition is fierce and talent is the driving force behind success, it is essential to recognize the importance of prioritizing employee well-being as a strategic imperative for talent retention.

Let’s delve into some of the multifaceted reasons as to why?
• When employees feel valued, supported, and cared for, they are more likely to be engaged and committed to their work.
• This sense of belonging not only boosts morale but also fosters a sense of loyalty to the organization.
• With job seekers placing increasing emphasis on work-life balance and organizational culture, companies that prioritize employee well-being gain a competitive edge while hiring.
• It is essential for fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace. A supportive and inclusive environment where employees feel safe and respected for their unique contributions.
• Even if an employee leaves after knowing they are valued at their workplace, they are likely to become your brand evangelists. And we all know the prowess of “word-of-mouth” in attracting the right talent in an organization.
• In contrast, companies that slack in these areas struggle to attract the right people, leading to talent shortages and difficulty in sustaining optimal work productivity.

Organizations should be intentional about creating a culture of caring – both for the work they do and for their people. It is important that they show up for them. Recognize the many facets of well-being – mental, physical, psychological, social, familial, and financial, and proactively imbibe well-being centric benefits to help employees thrive both personally and professionally.

From flexible work arrangements to wellness programs, employee resource groups (ERGs), Doona-days, and employee assistance programs (EAP), there are various initiatives that companies can implement to promote a balanced and fulfilling work-life experience. They need to destigmatize mental health issues and increase awareness of the critical role of mental health in overall well-being by normalizing these conversations at work. Identify mental health advocates and train business leaders to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental challenges, listen in confidence and without judgment and connect colleagues to resources.

Companies should actively encourage employees to take restorative breaks, keep work-related calls/meetings to the working hours, and practice hobbies to enable healthier lives – because Boundaries are Brave.

In summary, a clear connection exists between employee well-being and productivity. Today’s workforce anticipates employer support in achieving a fulfilling life. It’s crucial for companies to establish a unified understanding of well-being, revitalize well-being programs, and maintain ongoing communication channels. This approach should be assessed from the perspective of the employee journey at every stage, including attraction, recruitment, onboarding, engagement, performance, development, and departure. Creating a vibrant well-being culture necessitates the implementation of these elements, which is achievable for all organizations.