FACILITIES MANAGEMENT & WELLBEING IN THE WORKPLACE
Wellbeing in the workplace has rightly become a central focal point within recent years. Employee health matters. A happy, healthy team is a productive one and vital to the success of most (if not all) organisations.
The built environment plays an integral role in the wellbeing of your workforce. Everything from health and safety, through to installed services, environmental factors and access to natural light play a part in the physical and psychological welfare of your people. This is where your facilities management comes into play.
Staff spend a significant number of hours within the environment that you cultivate and the services, safety, culture and ambiance you provide can directly affect their happiness. Mental fatigue and stress plagues many working adults. According to LFS 602,000 workers in the UK suffered from work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2018/19. Forward thinking companies are prioritising comfort and refreshment areas, as well as colleague interaction and breaks, to improve work-life quality and balance.
The contractors and outsourced services that your Facilities Manager chooses to support your business should reflect both the psychological and functional factors directly associated with your staff. The appropriate knowledge and training in both areas will assist you in adequately meeting the needs of your employees and creating a wellness culture in which they can thrive.
For this reason, Artic is sending ten staff members from within our management team (including business development, admin and contract managers) to complete ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’ training. Our aim is to raise awareness and equip our managers with the emotional intelligence and resilience that could arise within the workplace. Artic are committed to the clients that we serve and the health and wellbeing of every person at every site we support.