By focusing on the most critical issue concerning employees, organisations should create an attractive workplace for their employees to support employee retention.

FREMONT, CA: The great resignation was a primary concern for many companies and their HR departments. There are many reasons for this issue, but a top concern is that companies cannot take sufficient measures to keep their employees comfortable. Therefore, companies must be more attractive workplaces to avoid the great resignation challenge. The pandemic has transformed the working environment in various ways. To recruit and retain the best talent, businesses need to plan how to manage employee mental health in the new normal of work.

Employee Well-Being

Besides the occasional artificial intelligence solution, all employees must be treated as humans. Particularly, millennials and Gen Z prioritise work-life balance and their mental health. As a result, many companies have increased their employee well-being budget in the past two years. There are various ways to support employee well-being, which demands businesses start by dividing initiatives into different key categories.

Health and Fitness

Irrespective of industries, organisations should support employees' physical health in many ways. If companies have an on-site gym, ensure it is open and safe. If not, offer a fitness subsidy or stipend to join a local gym. Studies have shown that employees are active, or they are physically active in life. This is because when exercising, the brain releases endorphins or happy chemicals. It has the knock-on effect of reducing stress, improving sleep, and boosting mood and energy levels. Employees will therefore take fewer sick days and become more productive at work.

Mental Health

Depression, anxiety, and stress are the most common mental health challenges. Employees in this mental state are less productive, make more errors, and are more likely to resign. There are various ways to support employee mental health. This includes employee assistance programs, mental health days, and training and education. This provides employees with resources for managing stress and managing their mental health. It can be in the form of an e-learning module, a lunch-and-learn session, or even just a blog post or article. For instance, companies can teach employees about mindful meditation or deep breathing exercises. The strategies organisations choose will depend on their industry. However, each individual employee will have different needs. The most important place to start is by asking them what would help them feel supported.

There are many aspects to ponder regarding HR in the coming years. However, by focusing on the issues that matter most to employees, businesses can create an attractive workplace for top talent and support employee retention.