4 small changes leaders can make to improve employee wellbeing

Making small changes to a workplace, like eliminating noisy distractions or writing clear emails, can make all the difference to improving employee wellbeing, reported The Wall Street Journal May 2. 

Chronic, low-level stress in the workplace can build up to cause bigger problems down the line. Making small changes in how a workplace is run can eliminate some of the stressors and improve employees' wellbeing. 

  1. When communicating with employees ensure the utmost clarity as to not cause unnecessary stress and wondering. 

  2. Make sure the physical space in which employees work is comfortable and stress-free, for instance, maintain a comfortable temperature or reduce noise and distractions. That means asking employees what could be improved in the workplace and taking that on board. 

  3. While it is important to be vulnerable with employees, it's also important to not become a therapist. Check in on teams before a problem arises to save having to have an awkward, uncomfortable conversation that can create stress for everyone involved.

  4. Leaders should listen to employees' needs regarding what they wish to have more leeway or control over. Resist the urge to micromanage and set policies that not all agree with and give employees a chance to decide on certain non-essential policies.

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