Global Wellness Day is celebrated every year in June, but wellness is something worth considering every day, year round. Since many of us spend about 50 years of our lives working, employee wellbeing has a huge impact on our overall wellness. An important aspect of my role as the Global Employee Experience Manager at Mindspace is exactly about that. I have to bring various initiatives to the table to boost and improve employee health and wellbeing, and to implement them. And it’s worth it – the satisfaction of employees and their wellbeing are strongly connected to productivity.
Here are five ways to improve employee wellbeing in the workplace:
#1 Show Your Employees the Appreciation That They Deserve
When employees feel important (which they are!), recognized and appreciated, it affects their wellbeing. It makes them feel welcome at work, and makes them come to the office with a smile. We dedicate two annual dates to remind our employees how much we appreciate them:
- Employee Appreciation Day is celebrated every year in March. It’s a great opportunity to have managers recognize their employees with a small gift and a thank you note.
- This past January, for the first time, Mindspace also celebrated Community Manager Appreciation Day. Our community managers are the face of the company, and the ones that hold direct contact with the members at our office spaces. They are one of the most vital components of Mindspace, and it’s important to remind them how much they matter.
Showing appreciation to Mindspace Community Managers
#2 Listen to Your Employees
Mindspace is a growing company. And as we grow, and people with a variety of skills are recruited, our procedures need to be improved. Moreover, as a global company we need to understand how employees’ needs vary among different markets. We strive to put our employees at the center, and to create a direct communication channel between them and the management team.
We have several methods to stay in the loop regarding our employees’ satisfaction and motivation:
- Employee satisfaction survey – once a year we ask all our employees to complete an anonymous survey. We make sure the survey is easily accessible and user-friendly, with short, focused questions to encourage participation. We examine various aspects, such as how each employee perceives their role, do they get the right tools to perform their job, and whether they get support from their manager. We also check whether the employees feel satisfied with their job, and whether they see a connection between their role and the company’s business goals. Additionally, we shine a light on more personal angles such as work-life balance, and being part of the team on the social level. We also ask two open ended questions – since we really want to hear out the employees – what are we doing well, and what points should we improve.
- Global meeting – once a quarter we hold a global call with Mindspace CEO and Co-Founder Dan Zakai, to keep all employees informed and to provide the chance to ask questions.
- Round tables – we organize round table sessions between our employees – less than a dozen at a time – and Mindspace Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer Yotam Alroy. This way, employees get to ask questions, as well as provide their opinions and contribute from their experience to improve company processes.
#3 Make Employees Feel Connected
This year Mindspace launched its ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) initiative, led by Mindspace Director of Strategy and Corporate Development Aurelie Amidan, with the help of engaged employees. As part of our social responsibility, we want to add volunteer opportunities to our annual global plan. Getting employees involved increases their sense of belonging.
In addition, we put great emphasis on inclusion – during the recruitment process and afterwards. For instance, women make up over 70% of Mindspace employees, while 65% of all director roles and above are filled by women.
Team nights out are one example of many to foster a sense of inclusion
#4 Promote Physical Wellbeing
We encourage our employees to take part in the same wellness activities offered to Mindspace members, such as yoga or Pilates classes, as well exercising in the gym in the locations that have one. In addition, on-site showers at some of the locations encourage employees to commute to work by bicycle, enjoying the fresh air outdoors while exercising their muscles.
Another great example of promoting physical wellbeing took place last October, when we dedicated an entire week to health. During this week we offered healthy meals and held a contest to see which Mindspace employee ran or walked the most steps.
We also held a global yoga session with Ly Senger, Mindspace Community Manager at Munich, Germany. Ly taught all our employees via Zoom how to practice yoga for less than 15 minutes a day, during the workday. In the simplest way possible, without the need of a mat or going to the studio, you can use your chair and desk to exercise your body, along with the appropriate breaths.
As October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we concluded the week with a lecture by a breast cancer survivor who shared her inspiring personal story.
#5 Promote Mental Health
With the goal to make wellness readily accessible to all Mindspace employees, we partnered with Insight Timer, a mobile meditation app offering guided meditations, wellbeing courses and workplace wellness skills. The app also allows employees of the same company to participate in meditation sessions as a group.
Meditating for only five minutes a day, or reading an advice article about improving time management or sleep techniques, can help us in our personal lives; this correlates with our performance at work. Also, our mental health directly impacts our physical wellbeing.