An organization’s most valuable assets are its people. Consequently, one of the best ways to ensure organizational success is by investing in its employees’ wellbeing. Especially with employee burnout on the rise as a result of the continued consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic due to staffing shortages, increased workload, and overall occupational demands, it is more crucial than ever for healthcare organizations to prioritize improving employee wellbeing. In fact, according to a 2022 Mayo Clinic Proceedings article, about 63% of physicians who were surveyed reported that they had experienced some sort of burnout in 2021, the highest it has been in a decade.
The employee benefits of working for an organization are:
- A more supportive work environment
- Improved team focus
- Reduced stress
- Increased job satisfaction
- Positivity among employees
- Improved general wellbeing
And in return, by making employee wellbeing a top priority, an organization can benefit from:
- Higher quality work and higher levels of performance
- Increased productivity
- Lower employee turnover and decreased staffing shortages
- Attract top talent by being seen as a fantastic place to work
3 Tips to Increase Employee Wellbeing:
1. Communicate effectively and encourage social interactions
Poor communication in the workplace and disconnection among employees will ultimately lead to a decrease in motivation and increase in anxiety and stress induced by isolation. It is key for organizations to regularly communicate and check in with their employees via surveys or other communication methods and use these results to implement initiatives to bring together its community. A continuously improving and supportive work environment could directly positively improve mental health and wellbeing.
2. Give recognition
It is important for organizations to take the time to recognize its employees’ hard work. Whether it’s through an organization wide email or in person, showing employees that their work is valuable can boost morale and encourage them to continue the hard work.
3. Encourage personal development and self-care & remind employees of resources
With the increased demand in healthcare, employees might feel lost, overwhelmed and stuck in a never ending cycle of work induced stress. It is crucial for organizations to recognize their employees’ workload and stress, and proactively offer self-care and personal growth outlets to battle the negative effects of the post pandemic consequences while also showing individual support of each employee’s personal wellbeing and future.
Organizations should also compile all resources available to employees and regularly communicate updates and reminders to encourage that employees take full advantage of them.
A happy and healthy workforce will equal happier and healthier patients. If you would like to partner with Precision Healthcare to increase the employee wellbeing of your company, you can contact us HERE.