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How to choose the right incentive or reward for employee well-being

How to choose the right incentive or reward for employee well-being

By David Butler, Marketing Manager, National Garden Gift Vouchers.

Because time spent at work is such a huge part of our daily lives, the workplace has become a major factor in our health and well-being.

Our experiences at work affect how we feel about ourselves, how we interact with our families and friends, what we do and how we use our leisure time, how anxious we feel about the future, the economy, life and the universe.

On the other side, employee health and well-being have a significant effect on a company’s overall performance which, in turn, is affected by the impact of well-being on employee engagement and retention.

Many companies – whether large corporates or SMEs - are concerned about employee well-being because it’s considered one of the main issues of the working environment in the Noughties.

However, the benefits to both employer and employee go far beyond that. For the employee, the rewards are clear: a sense of balance between work and home life, meaningful work that’s appreciated by the employer, overall good health and a feeling of control over one’s life.

For the employer, the benefits are also significant: higher levels of sustained engagement and lower staff turnover.

Although the recession and its effect on the workforce and workplace are bringing the issue to a head, as the economy begins to improve employer concerns about employee well-being is staying on the agenda.  

Employee health is a critical factor in overall well-being, so companies need to invest in ways to support and encourage better health and lifestyles.

A mix of individual incentive or reward programmes combined with a commitment to encourage a healthier work environment can result in enhanced engagement and productivity.  

Some of the areas that are important in creating feelings of well-being amongst employees are giving them career opportunities, a supportive work environment and recognition of their achievements with appropriate rewards and incentives.

Of course, choosing the appropriate incentive and reward is invaluable.  It’s important to identify through employee engagement what incentives or rewards they value.

In addition, you need to identify what incentives as their employer you can support as well as what the budget will allow.  Be sure that every participant who achieves an objective receives some recognition although avoid offering rewards and incentives for the ‘best’ or the ‘most’ or those that are food focused.

A reward that allows choice but at the same time encourages physical and holistic activities that could be family inclusive are becoming more and more popular as they provide employers with simple but effective well-being solutions.

Making sure that staff are fully engaged and committed is key to any business success, which means that motivation and reward schemes need to have a high satisfaction level and well-being appeal.

Motivational incentives such as National Garden Gift Vouchers reach out to a large percentage of employees because they provide so many options for them and their families to enjoy their garden or outdoor space together.

In fact, significant reductions in stress and anxiety can be achieved within five minutes when viewing green landscapes.  This can be measured through positive changes in blood pressure, pulse rate, muscle tension and electrical brain activity

Not only is gardening a stress reliever, and one of the UK’s favourite leisure activities, it is also seen as one of the simplest ways of keeping the whole family active and counts towards our daily fitness regime.

Also, by planting and eating fruit and vegetables, any one of us can achieve our 5 a day, resulting in healthier eating habits and a more active lifestyle.

National Garden Gift Vouchers are gift vouchers available to consumers to purchase and redeem in garden centres and gardening outlets.  They are accepted at over 2,000 leading gardening outlets across the UK, on over 90,000 different gardening related products.  

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