What’s one of the best things your employees can bring to work with them each day? Not a healthy lunch, or even sneakers for a workout (though both are great)! The one thing they can bring that’ll give them and your company the biggest benefit?: Their brainpower (after all, it’s what you hired ‘em for!).
Our brain’s health has a direct impact on our energy to tackle our daily to-do list, our ability to focus and think critically while completing tasks, and the motivation we bring to work each day. But few employers recognize how they can help their people perform at their peak, on the job and off. The answer isn’t to pour another cup o’ Joe or stay seated at our desks all day, eyes glued to the computer screen.
Rather, the secret lies in exercise. Encouraging physical activity not only improves employees’ bodies, but plays a major role in their brainpower, creativity, concentration, memory, and mood.
“Fitness has always played a huge part in my life, and it is very beneficial when it comes to business too,” Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, wrote on his blog. “Keeping fit refreshes the mind as well as the body.”
Is your company promoting lunchtime workouts, walking meetings, and other opportunities for employees to recharge their brains and bodies during the day? If the answer is no, it may be time to reconsider your approach. Check out the infographic below to understand more on how working out exercises both the body and the brain.
How do you promote physical activity at your company? Have you noticed an impact on the quality of work coming from active employees?
When it comes to the employee/employer relationship, there’s trouble in paradise.
But what if we told you that the issue isn’t that your workforce is unhappy with your company, or that they’re bored with their day-to-day work? What if we told you that the issue was actually that they don’t believe you care about them?
Virgin Pulse recently surveyed more than 1,000 full-time U.S. employees (not our members) and found the majority of employees – 75 percent – feel their company is a great place to work. Unfortunately, many just aren’t feeling that love in return, with 25 percent reporting they felt their company valued them and showed it often.
When an employee/employer relationship is on the rocks, it negatively impacts company culture – meaning turnover is bound to happen. Multiple studies and reports have found if a person is unhappy with their job, they’re more likely to quit.
It’s not all bad, though: Support, involvement and innovation were the strongest predictors of job satisfaction in a study by Northern Arizona University investigating behavior health workers specifically, for rural behavioral health workers. Another positive? Low-turnover companies with highly engaged employees witness 65 percent lower turnover, while their high-turnover counterparts see 25 percent lower turnover, Gallup reports.
Improving the relationship doesn’t happen overnight, though. So what can you do to show your people a little love – right now?
“The key is to create a culture where employees feel appreciated and supported across all aspects of their lives, while simultaneously making them feel they’re a part of something exciting and challenging,” said Chris Boyce, our CEO. “Creating a ‘we’re all in this together’ mentality and walking the talk motivates employees and helps to create a more energized, focused and driven workforce.”
And employees agree! With nearly 12 percent of respondents to our survey saying they love their company because of the people they work with, the saying “one bad apple can ruin the whole bunch” fits pretty well here.
What tips do you have for showing employees a little love? Have a great idea that worked at your company? Share with us in the comments below!
At this stage of the game, most employers know it’s important to have an engaged, productive workforce. Most are well aware that employee disengagement packs a major punch – and that it comes with a hefty price tag, including productivity losses of up to $300 billion annually, plus other things that are bad for business like poor stock performance, decreased customer satisfaction, and more.
It seems simple, but showing employees some love – making them feel supported and appreciated both on the job and off – can make a world of difference.
Virgin Pulse recently surveyed more than 1,000 full-time U.S. employees (not our members) and found that, while employees love their companies, they’re not always feeling that appreciation in return.
Nearly 75 percent of respondents said they either “love” their company because it’s a great place to work or felt “pretty good” with no major complaints. Less than two percent said they hated their company and wanted out. Problem is, there’s a big gap.
When asked how they think their employers feel about them:
Not good. But more employers are tuning into this and are realizing the employee/employer relationship needs some nurturing. But perks like free coffee or snacks, nap pods or massages, or even a few extra bucks won’t cut it. Now, we’re not saying you should ditch those perks. Employees love them. But in the grand scheme of things, they’re not what employees think is most important.
What it’s all really about? Connection. Employees want to feel connected to the work they’re doing, what your company stands for, and the people they often spend more time with than their own families and friends.
When asked what they liked most about their company:
Creating a culture that shows employees just how much they mean to your business not only helps maximize your workforce’s potential, but it also helps you drive engagement and create loyal, motivated employees who go way beyond what’s asked of them.
So, what’s the best way to show employees you care? Employees say it’s all about caring about them as people, not just as workers. Thirty-four percent said supporting a work/life balance and their overall quality of life is the number one way to show ‘em the love.
And when it comes to the benefits and perks that really motivate them, more than half of respondents ranked flexible work arrangements as the most important perk, followed by programs and resources to help improve their physical health and well-being including onsite gyms fitness classes, health club reimbursements and healthier cafeteria options.
Life is complex and everyone has lot of priorities that often compete with each other. A little love and appreciation, coupled with some support from employers goes a long way toward helping alleviate daily burdens and creating a more energetic, focused and productive workforce that’s driven to really help your company succeed.
For more survey findings, including the top 5 things employees wish their employers cared more about, check out the full survey report.
We want to know! How does your organization show your employees you care about them and value them? What’s worked? How have your employees responded? Got tips for your peers? Share them in the comments.