How can HR improve employee wellbeing?

How can HR improve employee wellbeing?

How can HR improve employee wellbeing?

In recent years, we’ve seen the impact of employee wellbeing revolutionized. What was often overlooked by some organizations as a “nice-to-have” has now become a “must-have” for many workplaces. Progressive businesses recognize that a healthy workforce drives overall company success and profitability. Your people power your business. So as HR leaders, it’s crucial that you take a proactive approach to their wellbeing to avoid excessive stress and burnout among your people.

Why employee wellbeing matters

The case for employee wellbeing on an individual level:

  • Workers with depression are five times more likely to become unemployed. – JobSage
  • 61% of remote workers and 53% of on-site workers now find it more difficult to “unplug” from work during off-hours. – Indeed
  • More than one in two Australians with a mental health condition hides it at work in fear of judgment or discrimination. – ACAP

The case for employee wellbeing on an organizational level:

  • Absenteeism for employee mental health conditions costs Australian businesses $4.7 billion per annum – equivalent to 1.1 million days’ sick leave. – Heads Up
  • Employees who feel cared for by their employer are five times more likely to strongly advocate for their company as a place to work and to strongly agree they trust the leadership of their organization. – Gallup
  • Employees are three times more likely to be engaged at work compared to others when they feel cared for by their employer. – Gallup

Based on the numbers, it’s clear the human resource department has the ability to influence great change within an organization and its workforce. Benefits for employee wellbeing include higher employee engagement, better performance, and increased retention. So let’s look at some key strategies HR can put into action to support employee wellbeing.

How HR can improve employee wellbeing

  1. Use HR software to monitor staff wellbeing and employee sentiment
  2. Review (and improve) any outdated DE&I policies
  3. Embrace flexibility with remote and hybrid work
  4. Build a culture of recognition
  5. Set clear expectations and boundaries

1. Use HR software to monitor staff wellbeing and employee sentiment

In the 2022 intelliHR State of HR Report, only 21% of respondents stated they use employee engagement or performance management software to monitor employee wellbeing and mental health.

Using people management software to track wellbeing enables you to visualize your people data consistently and identify issues faster. You can see this in action with our customer story with The Aesthetic Skin Clinic.

The team implemented automated wellness check-ins through intelliHR to create a safe space for employees to voice any challenges or concerns. They monitored employee sentiment to identify opportunities to support their people better and in July 2021, the organization achieved an outstanding eNPS score of 83%.

READ FULL CASE STUDY: The Aesthetic Skin Clinic

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