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Wellness in the Workplace – The importance of staff wellbeing
The New Year has arrived and with it comes the traditional time for reflection and goal setting to improve ourselves as worthy human beings for the year ahead.
Wellness in the workplace has become a hot topic over the last 12 months. At conferences and summits I have listened to spa owners and experts speak about how our industry is benefiting from this growing trend to offer wellbeing services to the corporate world. But I wonder what they, as employers, are doing to improve the lot of their own employees – those hard working individuals who are actually bringing wellness into the workplace of others?
Are spa and beauty employers thinking about the welfare of their staff beyond statutory health and safety? This is a huge topic and sometimes the smallest of gestures such as a “thank you” note can lift the spirits of a hard working individual. Team morale is boosted every time a boss recognises and appreciates the workforce beyond contracted commission. Both physical and mental wellbeing is crucial when maximizing productivity – this could be offered by further training to minimise injury or agreeing to more flexible hours to retain a good therapist who has a complicated home life.
I would welcome comments from both employers and job seekers who are already experiencing wellbeing improvements within their team. Please comment below or email me directly with your suggestions and successful implementations and I will post a regular blog to share these ideas so that others can learn from your achievements.
Remember - A good measure of a great employer is the rate of staff turnover – happy, healthy and stress free employees think twice before leaving!