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Workers are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with hierarchical management approaches, ultimately leading to increased resignations. A study [including 2,100] in the UK found that 43% of people had resigned due to poor leadership. This trend highlights the need for employers to prioritize employee wellness and adopt more empathetic and supportive leadership styles. By prioritizing employee well-being, businesses can enjoy benefits such as lower absenteeism, and increased productivity.
Create a friendly, vibrant work environment
As a manager, it’s important to extend employee wellness beyond just offering perks like health insurance. One way to do this is by creating a work environment that promotes positive wellness. This can involve making changes to the physical space, such as creating a vibrant work environment, using plants and fun furniture. Also, by providing enjoyable rest areas and possibly items like standing desks. By encouraging employees to use these resources there may possibly be a reduction in ‘sick days’, as people are more likely to enjoy their work environments.
To improve employee morale and performance, it is important for managers to recognize their contributions. This can be done through various means, such as public recognitions, employee of the month awards, or acknowledging work milestones. It is crucial to deliver recognition in a way that resonates with employees. If you are unsure of how to best celebrate your employees, simply ask them for their preferences, as some may prefer written praise over physical gifts, or vice versa.
Trust your employees
Employee autonomy is crucial for their overall well-being. However, micromanaging your team can diminish their power and morale. As a manager, it is important to delegate tasks and trust that your employees can undertake their duties. If they encounter a problem, try to provide guidance and resources rather than reprimanding them. Offering support and assistance can help ease performance anxiety and encourage employees to perform at their best.
Allow your employees to provide feedback
A feedback culture is one in which criticism is welcomed and viewed as an opportunity for growth. In such a culture, both leadership and employees are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas. This type of culture promotes employee well-being and fosters a sense of collaboration and teamwork. It is important for managers to show their ability to receive constructive criticism and then to implement the necessary changes. By having an open environment where employees can feel heard allows managers to show their team that they value their contributions and ultimately desire better outcomes for all.