8 Simple Ways to Improve Employee Wellbeing

A happy workforce is a productive workforce, and it doesn’t take much to invest in the well-being of your employees. Use these tips to get started on the path to well-being and you’ll notice the positivity.

When you feel good, you perform well. Whether that’s physically, emotionally, or mentally, wellness plays a critical role in overall performance. And while this is commonly known amongst athletes, taking care of your well-being actually positively impacts most jobs. In fact, Gallup, a global performance-management consulting company, states that the two major factors influencing employee performance are engagement and well-being.

Check out 8 simple ways  you can invest in the well-being of your employees:

1. Get outdoors (we live in Hawaii after all)

Plan a team outing to a park or beach, set up a short weekend hike, or simply move your 4PM staff meeting outside. Changing up the environment can do wonders for your attitude and mood, so take advantage of what our beautiful island has to offer.

2. Create a sense of community

Encourage your employees to eat lunch together or if possible, create a comfortable communal area with snacks, coffee/tea, and water. The more support your employees feel from each other, the better they will work together.

3. Huddle up

Take a few minutes once a day to have a “team huddle” to share stories, recognize employees, and get to know each other on a more personal level. This is also a great time to ask for feedback and insight from your employees.

4. Sponsor team sports

Competition and teamwork are best learned on the court – or on the field, a yoga mat, a baseball diamond, etc. Get your employees involved in a team sport so they can bring back the skills learned from being on a team back to the workplace.

5. Eat healthy

If you have an employee pantry, stock up on healthy snacks for the team. Quick, on-the-go snacks, like nuts, granola bars, fruit, and crackers, encourage employees to stay on-site during their breaks and offer a better alternative to typical vending machine snacks. If you don’t have the budget for providing snacks, treat your employees to a healthy lunch once a month. Another option: ask your employees to provide their favorite healthy homemade dishes to compile into a company cookbook.

6. Encourage using PTO

The best way to recharge is to take time off. While giving all your employees a week off during your busy season is not realistic, encourage your staff to take a “mental health day” when they need it. Create a culture where teammates support each other when the other is out. Employees shouldn’t feel guilty about using PTO, they’ve earned it!

7. Offer personal and professional development

Besides financial compensation, growth is one of the biggest driving factors of successful employees. Give your team the opportunity to grow by offering seminars, trainings, book clubs, and more. If there is a crossover between an employee’s personal interests and company needs, think outside the box to get them involved. For example, your Finance Manager’s local band could be the feature talent at your company picnic.

8. Challenge the team

This is one of the best ways to get the entire team on board with healthy choices. Whether it is a 30-day exercise challenge, a new diet that everyone tries together, or a weight-loss competition, incentivizing your employees to keep with the challenge to earn a reward is a great way to encourage healthy living.

A happy workforce is a productive workforce, and it doesn’t take much to invest in the well-being of your employees. Use these tips to get started on the path to well-being and you’ll notice the positive impact it can have on achieving your overall business goals.

10 Ways to Recognize Employees for Under $30

We’ve seen firsthand the impact of employee reward programs and one of the biggest misconceptions we come across is cost. But you don’t have to break the bank to reward your employees’ hard work.

Just like your people, rewards are not all created equal. But the undertone of all rewards is the same: A job well done. Great work. We appreciate you.

Recognizing excellence can make a world of difference in the workplace. From encouraging outstanding performance to creating healthy competition, rewards are a proven way to impact both employee engagement and company culture.

We’ve seen firsthand the impact of employee reward programs and one of the biggest misconceptions we come across is cost. But you don’t have to break the bank to reward your employees’ hard work.

Here is a list of 10 ways to recognize employees for under $30:

1. Free Lunch (with the Boss)

There IS such thing as a free lunch – for those who perform a job well done. And this is a great way for management to get to know their employees in a low-pressure, one-on-one setting. It’s natural for employees to be a bit nervous before lunch with the boss, so try out these conversation starters to start the lunch on the right (relaxed) foot:

  • Start by discussing why you set the lunch up and why you appreciate the employees efforts. This can lead to additional conversations about projects they are working on and their feelings about it.
  • Be open to their feedback to you on improving company practices, events, communication, etc.
  • Show an interest in the employee’s outside interests/volunteer efforts.
  • Start a conversation related to local events, restaurants, places of interest, etc.
  • Business Insider has a great list you can reference for more topics here.

Cost: Up to $30

2. VIP Parking

Reserve front row parking for the month’s top performer. If you want to take it up a notch, create a custom parking sign for the spot.

Cost: Free (An added $15-20 for a sign)

3. A Handwritten Card

There is something very touching and personal about receiving a handwritten note – especially in the mail. The great part about this reward is it can be used not only for performance, but also for birthdays, milestones, and anniversaries.

Cost: Up to $5

4. Uber or Lyft Credits

A ride from point A to point B that’s covered is always a nice gesture. Whether your employee uses it towards their work commute or to cover their weekend plans, you can bet they’ll be thanking you for saving them gas money. Both Uber and Lyft have corporate plans as well. If your employee isn’t a fan of ride sharing, offer a gas card.

Cost: Up to $30

5. Books & Gift Cards

Learning never ends and with the gift of books, you can pass along knowledge and expertise from industry leaders and renowned authors. Whether it is a job-specific read or a gift card to a bookstore, iBook or Kindle Unlimited, this reward can either be focused on personal development and growth, or the simple pleasure of relaxation.

Reading not your thing? Give the gift of audio books with an Audible account – it’s a great treat for work commutes.

Cost: $10-20 (Free bonus: Include a handwritten inscription in the inside cover of the book.)

6. Coffee

Whether its specialty beans from North Shore’s Green World Coffee farm or a simple Starbucks gift card, the gift of caffeine is usually a welcome one. Take it up a level with a nice thermos or mug.

Not a coffee drinker? Offer unique teas or a trip to a juice bar instead, and accessories (like a tea cup) to match.

Cost: $15-30

7. Movie Tickets

What’s not to like about a night out? A movie night can be enjoyed by all and most local theaters even offer a package deal with popcorn and snacks.

Cost: $20-30

8. Custom Gifts

From coffee mugs to mouse pads to phone cases, you can customize almost anything these days! Sites like Vistaprint make it easy to upload an image, pick an object, and customize to your heart’s content. Or, offer employees a credit to your company store.

Cost: Up to $30

9. Charitable Donation

Knowing your employees is key for this reward to be personal. Donating funds to a cause important to your team can build bonds between employer and employee while also helping those in need.

Cost: Up to $30

10. Extra PTO Hours or Flex Time

Handing out extra time-off that can be bundled and used for a half-day or full-day is a reward that we can promise will be in high demand, for employees who you know put in the extra hours for a major project. Give them those hours back to show you noticed, and care about their well-being and the necessity of reconnecting to themselves, their family and their friends outside of their job.

Cost: Basically Free

Recognition is a crucial part of creating an engaged culture. So important, in fact, in fact, that according to a study by Gallup, “employees who do not feel adequately recognized are twice as likely to say they'll quit in the next year.” Lucky for you, you don’t have to pull out all the stops to make a difference. Share your ideas with us; we’d love to add to this list!

This post is part of a special blog series on ‘How Employee Engagements Drive Business Performance’ in support of ProService’s Growth Series event which took place on March 27, 2018. Offered exclusively to ProService clients and special guests, the Growth Series are interactive learning experiences that feature industry-leading speakers and networking opportunities that will inspire and provide tools for business leaders to take their organizations to the next level.