4 Trends to Build a Healthy Workplace for Small Businesses in 2021

4 Trends to Build a Healthy Workplace for Small Businesses in 2021

4 Trends to Build a Healthy Workplace for Small Businesses in 2021

employee benefits
May 20, 2021
4 Trends to Build a Healthy Workplace for Small Businesses in 2021

Employees spend at least a third of the day in their workplace. A healthy workplace can boost team effectiveness and help employees maintain healthy wellbeing. Under the COVID-19 pandemic situation, it’s time for small businesses to take advantage of their flexibility to create a more comfortable workplace and offer more tailored arrangements to their employees like remote working, flexible hours, and custom offices. The added stress from the pandemic also encourages employers to focus more on employees’ personal wellbeing.

Personalisation of Workplace

The workplace can be tailored to the needs of every team. Floorplan, design and facilities provided are all important components of a healthy workplace. For small businesses that might not be able to afford a large office or extensive renovation, try look into some co-working spaces with a spacious environment and inclusive facilities.

Some simple tips in designing a healthy workplace:

  1. Provide Healthy Snacks 

Food is an energy booster for those working on a tough project. Offering healthy snacks helps develop good eating habits within the team and gives the team a long-lasting energy boost and prevents sugar crashes.

  1. Allow Natural Light 

Natural light helps reduce stress and raise productivity. Research shows an over 80% decrease in health issues including headaches, eyestrain, and blurred vision. A well-lit workplace is essential to a lively and energetic working environment.

  1. Decorate with Plants and Greenery  

Plants are not only aesthetically beautiful for the office but they also ease eye strain, headaches, fatigue and stress. Research finds plants in the workplace reduces the number of sick leaves. Other benefits include improved air quality in the office, boosted creativity and productivity of employees.

Ergonomics of workplace for small business)

Ergonomics of Office and Home Workspace

A well-engineered workplace helps employees to stay comfortable, maintain better health and prevent fatigue. Engineering your office to suit your teams’ needs is a long-term investment so they can work comfortably and efficiently. Small businesses might find it easier to improve the  office ergonomics, as you can understand and target at the needs better with fewer members. 

For remote teams, employers can teach employees how they can design their workstation to be ergonomic. Employers can also provide some basic equipment and office supplies, such as a laptop, a second screen, a computer stand, a good quality office chair, head-sets and stable broadband access, to help employees achieve a more ergonomic and optimal workplace at home. 

You can use an office ergonomics design checklist to check with your employees to see whether they have an optimal ergonomic workplace. 

A basic office ergonomics checklist:

  1. Seating 
  • Are your feet supported? 
  • Are you able to sit upright? 
  • Is your lower back supported? 
  • Can you adjust the chair height?
  1. Keyboard & Mouse 
  • Are they at elbow height?
  • Are they within easy reach?
  • Are your wrists and arms relaxed when you are using your keyboard and mouse?
  1. Work Surface 
  • Is your monitor directly in front of you?
  • Is your monitor at least an arms-length away?
  • Is your work desk well illuminated?
  • Is there well-organized storage for documents and accessories?
  • Are your frequently used items accessible?

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Out-of-bounds Support on Employees’ Personal Life

A mutually supporting team boosts productivity and benefits employee well-being. The pandemic has allowed employers more insight into the personal lives of their employees. According to a survey, employers that support employees with their life experience have a 23% increase in the number of employees reporting better mental health and 17% physical health. Work-related issues are some of the largest contributors to stress and a decline in mental health. Transparent communication between employers and employees is an effective way of alleviating such work-related stress factors that benefits both parties. 

Open communication among employees and leaders promotes a sincere work environment, alleviates stress and cultivates growth. Leaders showing their employees appreciation and care helps boost team morale and loyalty. Small businesses usually have more closely connected teams to effectively communicate with each other in the workplace. Research shows that companies with a supportive culture, where employers provide resources and guidance to employees on both problems at work and in their personal life, there is a higher level of working incentive among employees and management is easier for employers.

To maintain effective communication even when remote working, common communication tools like Microsoft Teams or Slack are useful for teams.

Flexible working location and hours

Flexible Working Location and Hours 

Employers want their employees to work hard and employees do not want to seem as though they are slacking off either, but appropriate rest needs to be encouraged. Sick leaves should not be frowned upon at the workplace, allowing unwell employees to rest is essential to high-quality output. Moreover, healthy employees will always be more productive than when they are sick or fatigued. Health is especially important in the pandemic, it is not worth the risk of having sick people in the office to infect others.

Occasional breaks and vacations are also encouraged to help employees prevent burnout and achieve a healthy work-life balance. Employers can remind employees of time off and allocate team members support to ensure everyone has the chance to take a break. 

Flexible work arrangements for employees also show that you care. Flexible work locations have become a necessity of the pandemic. To further attract and retain talent, time flexibility is the new benefit companies are offering, allowing employees to schedule their own workdays without rigid work hours can help them support other responsibilities.

A survey revealed that only 36% of employees were high performers at organizations with a standard 40-hour workweek versus 55% at organizations with flexible work arrangements.

Small businesses have more flexibility and can better adapt and evolve their team benefits to the needs of their employees. 

With the latest trends in building a healthier workplace for small businesses, we hope that you can cultivate a better environment with a more productive team. To learn more about the health insurance and wellness benefits for an SME, feel free to find out more here. You can reach us via WhatsApp us at +852 5379 8911 or email us at info@bluum.hk

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