It probably comes as no surprise to learn that a supportive work environment for employees has a number of benefits for a healthcare organization — better employee morale, greater retention, less absenteeism, and greater productivity.
Here are some ways to make sure you have a positive work environment for employees:
Set up an employee assistance program.
Workers today, are under a lot of stress resulting from a range of different causes. They are dealing with family obligations, financial issues, health issues, and stress from work itself.
An employee assistance program is a work-based approach that is designed to help employees with these issues and other personal problems that might be affecting their performance at work.
In the past, these kinds of programs have helped employees with problems like alcohol or substance abuse, but now they cover a wider range of issues, such as child or elder care, relationships, financial and legal problems, and health issues.
The programs are available to workers at no cost and are usually administered by EAP vendors or other providers who are usually connected to a health insurance plan.
Improve the physical environment.
The physical environment where employees work can have a big impact on their performance as well. To improve this, healthcare organizations can make collaborative spaces, use an open floor plan, breakout areas, and other arrangements to help encourage collaboration.
Gatherings usually take place outside of work and can involve a number of different activities. These are a great way to bring employees together, establish a better rapport among people and create a sense of inclusion.
Encourage physical activity.
This is essential for improving a work environment. Organizations should encourage physical activity among their employees, as exercise helps to reduce stress, increase energy levels, and even improve productivity. There are many different ways to do this. You can offer discounts at local gyms, offer other health initiatives, encourage walking or running at lunchtime, and even offer fitness classes on-site.
With advances in technology, you may not think this is a real problem. But research has shown that offering so many different ways to communicate can actually interfere with real connections between people. Employees only look at one-quarter of all their emails, for instance.
To encourage a positive work environment, pharmacies need to take a good look at how their employees are communicating, and make sure they are doing it effectively. To improve communication, some places have monthly gatherings to update workers on current operations. Managers hold regular sessions with individual workers as well. These are just a few examples of how organizations are trying to improve communication.
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