As organisations nationwide prepare to share kind words and thanks for Employee Appreciation Day on 5th March 2021, networx explores the role employee wellbeing plays in talent acquisition and management.

Over the last 12 months, businesses across the UK have faced numerous challenges, and supporting overall employee wellbeing has been an important factor in continuing operations throughout the pandemic climate. From exercise classes, team quizzes, Zoom coffee mornings and surprise deliveries, employers have sought out innovative ways to engage, inspire and support their team, but this wellbeing strategy must  transcend beyond the Covid-climate.

Every employer depends on having healthy and productive employees and attracting bright, talented candidates as they grow. A strong and proactive wellbeing strategy not only supports retention, but acts as an attraction method through promoting your employee value proposition, positioning you as an employer brand of choice. It comes as no surprise that studies demonstrate that valued and supported staff are far more likely to deliver the best outcomes for your business and recommend live opportunities to their wider network. So if you want to attract and retain committed employees, prioritising the mental health and wellbeing of your staff needs to be core business in your organisation. 

What actions can employers take to support employee wellbeing?

Job seekers, especially in a post-Covid climate, are looking for opportunities that reflect the needs of the modern workforce and this includes employers that have a clear wellbeing strategy. Employers need to go beyond just recognising the challenge, developing a clear and dedicated strategy, with tangible actions to support the needs of their existing and future teams.

In recruitment, this could be addressing and working on the stigma around mental health in the workplace and launching peer support groups, investing in mental health first aid training, and partnering with wellbeing organisations to offer a package of wellbeing activities to inspire. Further documenting your action through your website and social media channels, sharing short employee videos and clarifying your employee value proposition within job adverts and throughout the recruitment process will go a long way in demonstrating your commitment

With employee appreciation day on the horizon, what could you be doing?

This year Employee Appreciation Day is a little different. For almost a year, employees have been separated from their peers through work-from-home, temporary furlough, rotating schedules and Covid-secure policies, and whilst there are tremendous positives from the flexibility, it cannot replace the connection and togetherness found in workplace culture. Workplace wellbeing has evolved and organisations have had to seek new ways to connect and collaborate.

To support your employees and show appreciation this Employee Appreciation Day, why not take some inspiration from the following ideas, to bring your team together despite being physically apart:

  • Make it personal with handwritten or crafted notes
  • Give them some time to take a break, shorter workday or spend time with family
  • Rebuild connections through an online quiz, Zoom team building or virtual lunch
  • Motivate the team with a joint online exercise class or workday competition

This Employee Appreciation Day marks a shift in how we engage, inspire and grow our work communities and despite the digital barriers there are a lot of things you can be doing to showcase your commitment to your team and their mental health and wellbeing. It is no longer enough to pay lip service to policies and accreditations, you need to take tangible action and in return reap the benefits of a happy, prosperous and productive workforce.

For more information on how a streamlined and branded recruitment process can support you with your wellbeing strategy, get in touch with networx today.

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