In the hospitality sector, demands on employees can be both physically and emotionally taxing. In an environment where employee turnover rates can be notoriously high, investing in the wellbeing of your workforce can be a game-changer. As such, employers are taking the topic of mental health more seriously now than ever before, but some businesses are taking this one step further by forming a wellbeing package to attract and retain staff.

What are wellbeing packages?

A wellbeing package is a set of initiatives, benefits, and policies designed to enhance the overall health, happiness, and job satisfaction of employees. A robust wellbeing package not only attracts top talent but also fosters a positive work culture, enhances employee morale, and ultimately contributes to higher productivity and customer satisfaction. While you may feel that this activity is best suited to larger organisations with bigger budgets, small to medium-sized businesses can also create impactful initiatives without breaking the bank. Some cost-effective examples include:

Flexible scheduling

Implementing a flexible scheduling system that allows employees to request preferred shifts or time off in advance empowers staff to balance work and personal commitments, reducing stress and enhancing overall job satisfaction.

Training and development opportunities

Offering online training modules or workshops on stress management, communication skills, and career development not only helps employees grow professionally but also demonstrates a commitment to their long-term success.

Health programmes

Organising challenges or fitness classes during breaks can help employees shake off stress and boost endorphins. Simple exercises or mindfulness activities that promote physical and mental health can be achieved by collaborating with local fitness instructors or wellness experts to build a set of exercises to follow.

By fostering a culture of care and support, even with limited resources, employers can create a workplace that not only attracts top talent but also retains and nurtures it for long-term success.

Recognition and appreciation

Implementing a peer recognition programme where employees can nominate their colleagues for outstanding performance can build self-esteem and improve teamwork. Recognition doesn’t always have to come with a hefty price tag; a simple “Employee of the Month” announcement or a box of chocolates can go a long way.

Employee assistance programmes (EAPs)

Establishing partnerships with local counselling services to provide confidential support for employees facing personal or work-related challenges can be offered at a discounted rate or as part of a subsidised EAP.

Keeping your well being packages effective

To ensure the effectiveness of your programme, gather feedback through anonymous surveys, focus groups, or regular check-ins with your employees. Monitoring key metrics such as employee turnover rates, absenteeism, and overall job satisfaction can also provide valuable insights into the success of your wellbeing package.