We can all agree that companies will be compelled to think carefully about employee health and wellbeing for the foreseeable future. So, with this in mind we’ve put together 4 Top Tips to help you on your way. 
Lead by example 
• Create time in the working day for other activities that can help reduce stress. 
• Take time out to rest after busy periods: take regular breaks and use your annual leave entitlement. 
• Don’t work when you’re unwell. 
• Avoid working excessive hours or emailing employees outside working hours. 
• Encourage your team to do the same. 
 
Consider your Management style 
• Are you fair, open, and consistent? If so, your team is more likely to cope well under pressure. 
• Do you regularly give positive and constructive feedback? 
• Are you approachable and comfortable having sensitive conversations? 
• How do you handle conflicts or cases of bullying/harassment? 
• Do you adapt your management style to suit the needs of individuals? 
• Do you give your team members as much autonomy and support as you can? 
• Do you communicate change effectively and support your team through it? 
• Do you give people who work alone or in the work environment opportunities to form relationships with others? 
Review workloads 
• Give everyone in your team all the information, training and development they need to do their job to a good standard and understand how they contribute to business goals. 
• Set clear and realistic deadlines and expectations. 
• Watch out for people working excessive hours. 
• Make sure everyone’s role is well matched with their skills and experience. 
• Wherever possible, give your team a say over what they do and how they do it. 
 
Know your team 
Have regular chats with your team, individually and together, put health and wellbeing top of the list. Discuss pressures and workloads and work together to plan work effectively. 
Get to know what really matters to your team, remembering that everyone is different: 
 
• Do they feel able to manage their emotions? 
• Do they feel supported in their job, and have a sense of belonging? 
• Are they happy with their work life balance? 
• Do they get enough time for other activities? 
• Would they feel they can raise any ongoing health concerns or personal issues with you? 
 
Make yourself available to talk; encourage your team to open up to you by showing empathy and really listening to people’s concerns. 
 
If you need any help with your employee health and wellbeing just contact our Director Amanda Purchase FCIPD. Amanda has specialist detailed knowledge of implementing employee health and wellbeing strategies. 
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