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How to boost wellbeing in the workplace


There are 168 hours in a week, and the majority of us spend around 40 of those in the office - approximately the same number we spend asleep.

With many people spending the same amount of time in the workplace as they do in bed, it's important that they feel happy and motivated at the office so they're in the right frame of mind to do the best job possible.

However, the daily grind can get on top of even the chirpiest of employees, so it's vital that facilities managers and other bosses are taking action to create a positive company culture and boost workers' wellbeing so they can add value to their business.

Here's our top tips for boosting morale in the workplace:

Create a company culture

Creating a company culture involves finding a common set of values that managers, employees and even new recruits agree on and strive to comply with every day while they're at work, allowing for a harmonious working environment.

A corporate culture can help workers to feel more valued and part of an important team, even if it's their first day on the job, and lead to an organisation being better able to achieve its desired results.

In a survey carried out by Glassdoor last year, Twitter was rated as the company with the best workplace culture by its own employees.

Summarising his thoughts on the social media giant's culture, one software engineer said: "Team meetings on the roof are the best, great teamwork and a lot of smart people."

In total, 25 firms were rated by Glassdoor users, with Edelman, Google, Riverbed and Facebook completing the top five.

Speaking to Fortune, Glassdoor community expert Scott Dobroski commented: "We saw employees talking about a supportive and motivational team-oriented environment. We saw employees talking about working for companies that had a great mission statement and generally did the right thing and acted with integrity."

Encourage out-of-office activities

As part of a workplace culture, employees should be encouraged to take part in collaborative activities not just in the office, but out of it too.

For example, the National Workplace Challenge initiative is encouraging staff at UK firms to try out new sporting activities with their colleagues to allow them to learn new skills, bond over shared non-work-related interests and unwind in a collaborative, healthily competitive way.

Other ideas for out-of-office activities include book clubs, cinema groups and hikes, all of which give workers the chance to socialise and form stronger bonds with their colleagues, helping them to feel part of a corporate culture.

Grow something

At British Airways' London headquarters, employees are being given the opportunity to get green-fingered while they're at work as part of a scheme launched to coincide with National Allotment Week.

Museum curator at the organisation Paul Jarvis worked closely with the airline's wellbeing team to bring about the project, which sees staff getting the chance to grow fruit and vegetables on their office roof, encouraging them to improve their wellbeing.

Mr Jarvis explained: "It's all too easy for office-based workers to not step foot outside all day. Our workplace allotment not only gives staff the opportunity to grow healthy produce, but they also get exercise, fresh air and a space to meet new people in their spare time."

Since its launch, the initiative has seen employees compete in sunflower growing competitions, plan a Harvest Festival for September and even consider serving their home-grown efforts to their flight passengers in the future.

Bringing the fruits of their labour indoors could also have a positive effect on employee wellbeing, with a 2014 study leading to the discovery that introducing one plant into each square metre of an office environment can significantly improve feelings of happiness, as well as productivity levels, among workers.

Improve your green credentials

Knowing they are working for an environmentally-friendly company is something else that can help to boost employee morale.

In fact, research carried out at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012 found that the staff of businesses who pride themselves on their green credentials are often more motivated and happier than those who are not aware of their firm's stance on the environment.

Lead author of the study Professor Magali Delmas explained: "Adopting green practices isn't just good for the environment. It's good for your employees and it's good for your bottom line.

"Employees in such green firms are more motivated, receive more training and benefit from better interpersonal relationships. The employees at green companies are therefore more productive than employees in more conventional firms."

Easy ways that facilities managers can help to introduce a greener attitude among employees and subsequently boost their wellbeing include harnessing cloud-based and document scanning technologies to encourage a paperless approach, as well as reminding staff to recycle and travel to work via bike, foot or public transport to help lower the company's carbon footprint.


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