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The importance of creating a healthy workplace

20 Aug 2019 by Kitomba

We spend so much of our lives at work, so it’s no surprise that it can have a huge impact on our health and wellness. Likewise our health and wellness can have a huge impact on our work. Everyone will have good days and bad days, but there are things that you can do as an employer to create an environment that supports your staff to bring their best every day. If your staff are happy, they’re better positioned to make your clients happy, and happy clients are great for business.

Support healthy communication

To create a work environment that is supportive for all staff, you’ll need to start with open lines of communication. Start by asking your staff how they’re doing, and really listen to their answers. If you create relationships with your staff based on honesty and trust, they’ll know that you care about them and that they can talk to you if they need to. Remember to check in regularly with each staff member, looking out for signs of stress, such as negative comments or an increase in sick leave. When you have great communication, your staff will be able to come to you with their problems instead of looking for a new place to work.

Encourage healthy habits

From encouraging staff to take their scheduled breaks to providing access to healthy snacks and water, you can encourage healthy habits in your workplace. Time management in a salon, spa or clinic can be difficult; quiet times may not coincide with standard meal times, and on busy days it may feel like there really is no good time to take a break. But it’s important for everyone to take breaks, and eat and drink regularly so that they can be at their best, and provide the best experience for their clients. Practising good sleep habits and participating in enjoyable hobbies or physical activities outside of work also improve mood and energy, so make sure you’re modelling and encouraging these behaviours too. 

Create a common goal

People report higher levels of well being and job satisfaction when they enjoy their work and are working towards a goal. So why not set some realistic goals for each staff member and for your salon, spa or clinic, and work towards meeting these goals. Make sure everyone on the team has a real purpose and understands how important they are to the success of the business. Show your staff that you’re committed to their ongoing career development. Providing regular training opportunities for staff allows them to work towards professional development goals as well as business goals. 

Recognise your staff

Everyone wants to be appreciated, so make sure to celebrate when someone achieves their goal, goes above and beyond or just does something awesome – nothing is too small. Use your words and actions to reward and celebrate your staff, sharing successes publicly when appropriate. For example, if you’re sharing images of your staff’s work on social media, celebrate them by using their name, or tagging them in the post. 

A healthy work environment is good for employees, but it’s also great for business. Healthy workplaces have been shown to have higher productivity, and see less sick leave and staff turnover, all factors which contribute positively to the success of a business. Create a healthy work environment for your staff, and get your whole team working towards the same goal of making your salon, spa or clinic the best it can be.

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