Wellness In The Workplace2nd Dec 2021
Big or small, it is important for a business to look after its people – after all, they are your company’s most important asset.
In the last 18 months, businesses around the globe have had to reassess their employee wellbeing programmes in order to help staff manoeuvre through the new world of remote working.
Now that life is back to pre-pandemic programming, it is important that businesses continue to keep the welfare of their staff top of mind. Employee wellness covers a wide range of aspects, including anything from safeguarding the mental and physical state of staff to supporting their health and financial wellbeing. In South Africa, one company that is way ahead of curve when it comes to wellness in the workplace is Servest.
As the leading integrated facilities management organisation on the continent, Servest has used their 20 years of industry experience to foster an inclusive and accommodating, high-performance culture for their staff, which continues to produce unrivalled results for the organisation.
A holistic approach
Servest’s wellbeing philosophy reflects the fact that their staff are the gateway to their customers, with every aspect of wellness taken care of.
On a financial front, the staff have the opportunity to save for their futures as well as those of their loved ones by contributing to a Servest Provident Fund. The FNB Financial Wellness Programme provides staff with invaluable support and guidance from qualified financial advisors to help them manage their money better and reduce financial anxiety. Statistics show that more than half of the world’s working population take their money worries to the workplace, so having this service is incredibly useful.
From a personal side, Servest has a bereavement policy in place to support staff members who are dealing with the loss of a loved one, which was instrumental during the pandemic.
Finding and retaining talent is always of concern to a business, including Servest. A long-service policy provides guidance on how long-standing employees can be rewarded for their loyalty and commitment, and there is also a robust bursary programme available for staff who wish to pursue additional learning to improve their skills set.
Scroll through the Servest website and you will quickly find a catalogue of stories under their company news section, which spotlights individual colleagues for their successes. Aptly titled iServe with Pride, this is an excellent chance for Servest to celebrate the achievements of individual staff members with the rest of the organisation as well as with existing and future clients. Not only does it foster a sense of belonging, pride and passion that uplifts morale and productivity, but it also gives the business a more personal approach – perfect for a company that is in the business of people.
Benefits all around
Creating a comfortable, safe and practical space for employees is beneficial for everyone. Staff are obviously the biggest winners, as they benefit from the different programmes and policies that make them feel valued and allow them to enhance their skills and learning.
By investing time and money into their employee wellness programmes, Servest also creates a reputation of being the company that looks after their people. It means they often attract the very best talent – staff remain highly engaged, passionate and motivated to do better, and staff turnover rate is minimal.