Are your employees happy and healthy? Promisingly, more and more business leaders are realising that they have a big part to play in promoting workplace wellbeing and ensuring their team are able to strike that golden work-life balance.

Seeing as we spend so much time at work, it’s unsurprising that our jobs are so closely linked with our mental health – and physical health, too. Focusing on wellbeing benefits employees first and foremost, but also, a healthy team is a more motivated and productive team. Meaning, everyone benefits from making workplace wellbeing a priority.

In light of Mental Health Awareness Week taking place from 12 to 19 May, HR News has shared some top tips for promoting employee wellbeing. Here are three of them:

1. Be open about workplace stress

Many employees will feel reluctant to tell management they’re stressed out of fear it’ll make them appear weak or incompetent. You need to change this – and you can do it by having a conversation with your entire team about the importance of speaking up when they feel stressed, and by sharing guidance on noticing signs of stress and the importance of personal wellness.

Let your team know they can approach you in confidence if they’re struggling at work, and consider anonymous counselling and outlets to help those struggling to manage stress. All this shows your team that you care, which in turn will drive productivity and loyalty.

2. Treat your team to a group retreat

A weekend away from normal surroundings can strengthen team dynamics through encouraging trust, teamwork and collaboration. More than that, though, a trip to a wellness retreat can improve physical and emotional health.

Retreats offer various classes, workshops and activities that have been created specifically to deliver certain wellbeing benefits. You could offer the trip as part of an employee support package, or perhaps as a treat for achieving a major business milestone.

3. Make sure your employees take breaks

When we’re up against it, many of us will skip breaks and end up scoffing lunch at our desks. But as the article points out, this is counterproductive; losing your lunch makes you more likely to be less productive at your desk – you’ll tire easier and it’ll affect your concentration.

It’s important you send this message to your team, and stress that you’re fully supportive of regular breaks. This will encourage employees to take real time out when they need to – and remember, the best way to inspire a certain behaviour is to practise what you preach! The experts here at Kerr can help you to design and build a workplace that supports wellbeing among employees. Get in contact today to find out more.