Providing a positive working environment for employees is an essential factor in preventing employee stress and to promote good mental health, says location monitoring and safety solutions provider Vismo.
Clear organisational benefits can be achieved if employees feel motivated and supported within the workplace. A healthy work culture and workplace can improve organisational performance and increases employee engagement.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many organisations operate. Due to minimising social contact, many workers have been working alone or out of sight of other colleagues. As employees are spending more time alone, they can often feel more isolated and disconnected from their colleagues. There has been a significant increase in people working from home, with many trying to balance work and personal life whilst adapting to a new working environment. Other employees are working alone in the community, potentially leaving workers feeling increasingly isolated as well as many fearful of experiencing verbal and physical abuse.
As workers have had to adapt the way they work during the pandemic, organisations should have implemented processes too, to ensure employees feel supported and connected to the workplace and their colleagues. In environments where social contact is more limited, effective communication is more important than ever. In many instances, technology has provided organisations with a way of keeping employees connected. However, employers need to implement measures to support and check on their employee’s wellbeing, this enables organisations to understand if and when workers require additional support.
Organisations should encourage employees to openly discuss how they feel with colleagues, managers or a designated person, such as using an appropriate buddy system. This often improves employee morale as workers feel increasingly supported when an organisation invests in promoting employee wellbeing. In order to provide appropriate support, organisations need to implement measures to understand how their employees are coping and feeling.
Vismo has taken action to ensure organisations have the facilities to know when an employee requires extra support. The Vismo App has a wellbeing tile, meaning employees can go to the App and press how they are feeling such as ‘Good’ ‘OK’ or ‘Not Good’. The options and wording are fully customisable by the organisation. An employer can decide the next steps if their employees are ‘OK’ or ‘Not Good’, this could include calling a helpline, requesting a follow-up or the employee can remain anonymous. A prompt can be set up by employers, to ask workers how they are feeling, this could be every few days or a set period of time since the last wellbeing check. This provides organisations with the capability of understanding how their employees are feeling and the appropriate support can be provided. Employers who implement measures to manage and reduce risks to employees do tend to achieve multiple cost and risk reduction benefits. By protecting employees, this can improve general wellbeing, happiness and which in turn is likely to lead to an increase in productivity.
Vismo provides support to Lone Workers, whether they work alone in the community, out of sight of other employees, travelling alone or working from home. Vismo has many features that help protect Lone Workers such as the Red Alert feature, Geo-Fencing, Mass Notification and Incident Management capabilities. Vismo takes pride in providing location monitoring and safety solutions to over 300 clients, helping locate and protect over 450,000 users globally. Many clients include FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, NGO agencies and a growing number of SME’s and organisations in the public sector using Vismo as a duty of care towards their employees.
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