Vitality in the workplace

Renate de Jonge

Vigorous and motivated employees form the basis of a healthy organisation. They are sick less often, are more productive, feel involved, and play a massive role in the success of an organisation. An employee is vital when there is a good balance between stress and energy. When an employee does not feel like they are vital, this can have a negative impact on their life at work, because you need energy perform well at your job. People who feel healthy are more productive and enjoy their jobs. 

 

The employees’ vitality influences their motivation, and the primary link between the two is very simple. The more energy an employee has, the more energy they spend on their job. Motivation, including the specific intrinsic kind, also has a positive effect on one’s vitality. Employees who are intrinsically motivated are also enjoying their jobs and often experience less mental and physical problems, like a burn-out.

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Above all, vitality helps to prevent absences from work. When employees experience mental or physical issues, they are more likely to call in sick from work. You need to feel healthy and well in order to work, otherwise it is difficult to stay productive.

 

Contributing to vitality as an organisation 

You can do multiple things to strengthen the feeling of vitality among your employees, here are 4 vital tips for a healthy business culture.

 

1. Exercise and nutrition

A healthy lifestyle is very important for your employees’ vitality. Of course you do not have much influence in their private life regarding exercise and nutrition, but you can add something to this in the workplace. Think of limiting the amount to unhealthy snacks in the canteen, a full fruit bowl on the table at a meeting, or a contribution to a gym membership.


2. Trust

Work on creating an environment of trust. Give your employees the chance to be open about issues that occur in the workplace or their private lives, and which can negatively influence their vitality. Keep close contact with them through management or HR, which can be done by holding small, informal meetings or 1-on-1 conversations with employees who need to talk about their well-being.

3. Healthy balance

Take your employees’ personal situations into account. A good example is offering an employee more freedom when their personal situation demands this, which creates flexibility that is needed for a good balance. Consider giving your employees the possibility of more flexible work hours and to work from home whenever needed. Allowing your employees to take some freedom gives them extra mobility, which makes unexpected situations, like a sick child or a dentist appointment, less stressful.

 

4. Persoonlijke ontwikkeling

Offer your employees specific courses in the online academy, and help them feel healthy and happy. Short and concise courses aimed at vitality. For example, you can find all the courses by GoodHabitz in Hubper’s online academy. They take a good look at eating, exercising, and sleeping patterns, as well as the prevention of a burn-out, courses about personal strength, conflict management, and points of interest regarding working from home.

 


These are all skills that can be useful for your employees on their way to optimal vitality. Want to know more?? Praat met een expert. We are glad to give you a tour through our online academy during a non-binding demo.