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As we all know by now, employee absenteeism can slowly eat away at an organization’s effectiveness and team performance. Whether it’s a pattern of frequent short-term absences or infrequent but longer ones, absenteeism is a big challenge for how well a company functions. It’s closely linked to an individual’s overall well-being.
So, let’s dive into the connection between absenteeism and engagement and see how the HR department, armed with data, can tackle absenteeism trends within their organization. Absenteeism isn’t about pointing fingers or labeling people as lazy. It’s more about the work environment and what’s happening around it. And one of the first steps is to collect the right data to understand and pinpoint areas in the workplace that might cause unwanted absenteeism patterns and then take appropriate actions to overall improvement.
All of this is for the benefit of the company, the organization, the team, and, of course, the individual employee. That’s turning insights into real impact.
Absent employees are (super logically, we know) unable to fulfill the scope of their work role – either as an individual or as a team member of the organization. It’s no surprise that one unfortunate outcome of absenteeism is that the workload and departmental pressure often shift to other members of the organization.
Our main focus here isn’t to dwell on the well-covered negative consequences of absenteeism, as these have already been thoroughly discussed in HR research. Instead, our primary goal is to understand how absenteeism works in practical terms, specifically, identifying what drives this phenomenon. Getting a practical grasp of this is the crucial first step toward taking effective action.
What do the most productive workplaces have in common? The answer comes down to a very simple truth – they have a high engagement level among their employees.
Later in this article I will tell you about how you can boost your employees’ engagement and retention with our HR Impact platform, Woba.io – but first, let’s delve into the significance of employee engagement.
The traditional notion that “the customer is king” has evolved. Modern companies now understand that employee well-being is essential for delivering top-notch customer service. This translates to creating a healthy workplace that cultivates engagement, productivity, and employee loyalty, which has become crucial for business success.
Employee Engagement holds significant importance in strategic HR for several compelling reasons. Research demonstrates that engaged employees yield various positive outcomes, including:
As a result, a wide spectrum of people leaders – ranging from HR professionals to Chief People Officers and People & Culture managers – grapple with a significant challenge: How do we effectively measure employee engagement? In simpler terms, how can we tap into the collective intelligence and inner states of the entire organization? And how can we translate this knowledge into tangible business impact? This intricate question demands a comprehensive breakdown, and I’ll endeavor to provide one.
The foundation of Employee Engagement still holds relevance, dating back to 1990 when Professor William A. Kahn first introduced the concept of Work Engagement. Subsequent research has consistently revealed the links between engagement and positive outcomes like job satisfaction and strong workplace support.
A key figure in this field is Professor Wilmar Schaufeli, an expert in Organizational Psychology. His research on job burnout and employee engagement underpins the scientifically-backed indicators we employ in our Employee Engagement Survey.
Emotional intelligence. What is it anyway? We all know the traditional logical intelligence, but it’s near cousin, perhaps not so much. The role of emotional intelligence (abbreviated as EI) has emerged as a critical factor in personal and professional success. It’s soon become much more than just a buzzword, emotional intelligence encompasses a set of essential skills that allow individuals to navigate emotions, build meaningful relationships, and thrive in diverse environments. This bestows a professional with the ability to be perceived (And perhaps be) and understanding and well-liked figure in the office setting.
From effective leadership to fostering a positive work culture, emotional intelligence plays a pivotal role in shaping the success of individuals and organizations alike.
Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to recognize, understand, and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. It involves being aware of our feelings, empathy towards others, and harnessing emotions to facilitate better decision-making and interpersonal interactions. There are five key components of emotional intelligence:
Leaders who possess high emotional intelligence tend to excel in inspiring and guiding their teams. By honing their Emotional Intelligence skills, leaders can create a positive and inclusive work environment, resulting in increased employee satisfaction and productivity.
Wondering how you can become this kind of leader? Let’s get you started – here’s how leaders can utilize emotional intelligence:
Job satisfaction. Ah, yes. It is one of the most important factors for employees all over the world. A lot of people will claim paychecks, career-advancement or something else is what drives them – but it all boils down to the same thing: Overall job satisfaction.
Job satisfaction is the key to unlocking the true potential of both employees and organizations. It goes beyond merely earning a paycheck or a new promotion; it’s about finding fulfillment, purpose, and joy in what we do each day. Job satisfaction ignites a powerful spark within us, driving us to give our best, thrive in our roles, and contribute wholeheartedly to our company’s (and our own) success.
In this blog post, we embark on a journey to explore the essence of job satisfaction, how it impacts individual well-being, and how advanced surveys can be your compass for the HR-manager to navigate the path to a fulfilling work life for every employee.
Job satisfaction thrives on having a sense of purpose. It’s the moment we realize that our work has meaning, that we are part of a greater mission, and our efforts make a positive impact on our colleagues, customers, or even the world at large. Whether we’re helping people, advancing technology, or creating art, finding purpose in our daily tasks fuels our passion and inspires us to excel.
Advanced engagement surveys empower organizations to understand how well they align with their employees’ purpose and assess if individuals see a meaningful connection between their role and the company’s mission.
The journey towards job satisfaction often involves continuous learning and development. A growth mindset allows us to embrace challenges, learn from failures, and persistently seek opportunities for growth. When we feel encouraged to enhance our skills and knowledge, we become more engaged in our work and open doors to exciting career paths.
With the use of a good survey tool, you’ll get real-time insights, and have an easy time identifying areas that require investment in employee development, such as training programs, workshops, or mentorship initiatives, nurturing a culture of continuous learning.
Well-being in the workplace is crucial for employees’ welfare and productivity. A healthy work environment not only creates happy employees but also has a positive impact on the company’s results and success. It’s essential to explore the importance of well-being and share methods to create a positive work environment where employees can thrive.
Workplace well-being refers to employees’ overall welfare and satisfaction with their work situation and work environment. It is really all about creating a positive and healthy work culture where employees feel engaged, motivated, and valued. Workplace well-being encompasses not only physical aspects such as safety and health but also emotional, mental, and social elements that impact employees’ daily work life.
A well-being-oriented workplace strives to create an environment where employees thrive both personally and professionally. It’s about building a work environment where employees feel motivated and happy to come to work every day. Well-being is not only beneficial for the employees themselves, but it also has positive consequences for the entire company. A well-being-oriented workplace often experiences increased productivity, lower absenteeism, improved employee engagement, and higher employee retention.
There is a long, long list of factors that come into play when considering what contributes to well-being and what potentially leads to dissatisfaction. Just as many variables are described in theory and practice, just as many unseen and personal variables must be taken into account in your daily activities within the organization’s offices and meeting rooms. In this article, you will gain insights into many of the areas that you can actively influence at an organizational level – and thus create a better place for everyone.
Working hours and workload play a crucial role in employees’ well-being in the workplace. A well-balanced work schedule and appropriate workload are essential to ensure that employees are satisfied, productive, and motivated in their jobs. Let’s explore how these factors impact well-being in the workplace:
Physical working conditions play a crucial role in employees’ well-being in the workplace. The physical work environment refers to the physical settings where employees perform their tasks, including the layout of the workplace, furnishings, lighting, temperature, air quality, and ergonomics. These factors can directly influence employees’ well-being, health, and productivity.
Here is some insights into some of the factors to consider if you are unsure about the adequacy of your physical working conditions:
Work culture plays a crucial role in employees’ mental well-being in the workplace. Work culture is the collective set of values, norms, attitudes, and behaviors that characterize the workplace and influence how employees interact, communicate, and perform their work. A positive and well-being oriented work culture creates an environment where employees feel motivated, valued, and engaged. Let’s explore how work culture affects well-being in the workplace:
Employees thrive when they have clear career opportunities and chances for personal and professional development. A company that invests in its employees’ growth creates an environment where employees feel valued and motivated to contribute to the company’s success.
Health and safety representatives play a critical role in ensuring a healthy and safe work environment for all employees. As the official representative of the employees, the health and safety representative serves as a bridge between the employees and the management and is tasked with ensuring that the workplace complies with applicable rules and standards. However, only a few health and safety representatives limit themselves to regulatory matters, as they also push for softer values and ethical issues in everyday situations.
This article will delve into the health and safety representative’s key tasks and responsibilities to provide some clarification on what employees and managers can expect from their health and safety representatives.
One of the health and safety representative’s primary tasks is to identify and evaluate potential workplace risks. This involves observing work processes, conducting risk assessments, and collaborating with both management and employees to implement appropriate safety measures. Here, the skilled representative may utilize surveys and forms to gather the necessary data.
In today’s globalized and interconnected world, diversity has become an essential aspect of any thriving organization. As HR leaders, it is our responsibility to create an inclusive workplace that values and celebrates the unique contributions of every individual. In this article, we will explore what diversity means, how to achieve diversity, the meaning of inclusion, and strategies for effectively turning theory to practice.
Before we get started, let’s take a look at what diversity means – especially in a workplace context. Diversity in the workplace refers to the presence of individuals from various backgrounds, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, and abilities. It encompasses the unique perspectives, experiences, and characteristics that individuals bring to the organization. Embracing diversity means recognizing and appreciating these differences as valuable assets that enrich the workplace and drive innovation.
This should entice most people to strive for diversity – it’s foremost an ethical pursuit, but it’s also good for business, as it drives innovation and produces varied perspectives.
In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing work environment, fostering a culture of psychological safety has become increasingly vital. Psychological safety is the foundation for trust, open communication, and collaboration within teams and therefore enables individuals to express their ideas, take risks, and learn from failures without fear of judgement or reprisal.
In this article, we explore the concept of psychological safety and its profound impact on team dynamics and overall employee well-being. Get ready to create a psychologically safe workplace where individuals can thrive and unleash their full potential.
Psychological safety refers to individuals feeling safe enough to be and express their authentic selves, voice their opinions, and contribute without fear of negative consequences.
According to Project Aristotle, carried out by Google from 2012 and two years going forward, the study proved that psychological safety was, and is, the core aspect of nurturing talent and giving employees the safety to express ideas, concerns and flourish in the workplace.
A workplace with a high level of psychological safety encompasses a sense of trust, respect, and acceptance within teams, enabling open dialogue and the freedom to take social risks. When team members experience a sense of psychological safety they are more likely to engage in candid discussions, share diverse perspectives, and contribute innovative ideas. As a result, you will see happy, creative and collaborative individuals in your workplace.
There are several good reasons to promote psychological safety in your workplace. The best reason is probably to make everyone feel good about their daily lives, but beyond that there are some very excellent benefits to promote and maintain psychological safety.
First of all, psychological safety promotes open communication, allowing issues to be addressed proactively and it will ultimately prevent conflicts from escalating. Allowing people the ability to feel safe about self-expression, sharing their feelings and putting ideas into words is a powerful tool and essential for achieving the full potential of both workplace and employee.
Secondly, it fosters a learning culture, where individuals feel comfortable seeking feedback and experimenting with new approaches. Once employees learn that failure is acceptable and the risk of ridicule is minor, they will dare to try, test and quite possibly: thrive.
As an added bonus, psychological safety improves employee well-being, reducing stress and anxiety associated with fear of failure or criticism. It ultimately boosts employee engagement, satisfaction, and retention – making your workplace more effective and innovative.
Want to enhance employee engagement and retention in your work environment? Discover the benefits of using Woba’s employee engagement survey.
Stress has gradually become a widely used term in many respects.
It is positive that there is a focus on this important problem. Absolutely.
But it’s a shame that stress has become such a used – and in many ways – diluted term.
Especially stress at the workplace is an incredibly important problem to deal with. In fact, you should ideally focus on preventing – and completely avoiding stress at work.
Because once the employee has been hit hard, it is difficult to get well again – and as you know, long-term sick leave costs an average of DKK 1,000,000 for the company.
As you can see from the visualization here, you can use the stairs to place yourself and your employees in relation to stress level.
The ladder can give you a constant and continuous tool to know if there is something you need to pay extra attention to in relation to the stress level at your workplace.
It is also a really good idea to introduce the ‘Stress Ladder’ to all employees, so that everyone has a chance to register symptoms at the forefront – instead of being left with a sick note at the back.
We will all move back and forth on the Staircase – all depending on the work and personal situation. The most important thing here is that the situation on the 2nd and 3rd step is taken care of, so that the employee (or yourself) can move back again to step 1.
You cannot avoid experiencing stress symptoms in between. It’s perfectly okay and natural. The problem only arises when you have been in the condition for so long that your body and brain can no longer cope. And then it gets dangerous.
So use the stairs – and keep up to date with where your employees and yourself are at all times. Because of course – as a manager, you can also be pressured and called in sick!
And yes – The Health and Safety Assessment is ‘the child’ in this scenario. Because it is your safest and best way to good well-being and a good working environment in the company. Precisely by giving you the necessary insight into the employees’ thoughts, experiences and measuring the temperature of their daily well-being, well-being and feeling of being an important part of the company. The main role in your workplace assessment is – and will always be – the questions chosen in the measurement itself. And a Workplace Assessment can be decidedly useless if you are not asked about exactly the right things in relation to exactly YOUR company and YOUR employees.
So, the first step in The Health and Safety Assessment process is to map which question frames are relevant for your industry. It is clear that if it is a construction site, then there are different questions in The Health and Safety Assessment than if it is, for example, a company with only office work. After all, The Health and Safety Assessment must take into account both the physical and the psychological working environment. In relation to the physical working environment, the various risks of heavy lifting, crooked working positions and working with dangerous chemicals are looked at. With the psychological work environment, the focus is on stress levels, profits, flexibility and work pressure, among other things. So, what industry is your business in?
Once you have mapped the industry and which premises are primarily applicable in relation to the working environment, you can start choosing the right question frame.
All new employees deserve a good start. And the same applies to employees who are moving on. One of the best things you can do to take care of the company’s Employee Branding and general well-being is to have complete control over these two processes, so that both hello and goodbye are said in exactly the right way.
(Source: Allied Workforce Mobility Survey)
Yes. Ouch! 25% is a really high number. And that is precisely why it is extremely important that you take the onboarding process very seriously. One is that recruitment itself has become more challenged in the current society, but you have to think far beyond ‘just’ the famous signature on the contract. The hard work only begins from the employee’s first day of work and then 45 days onwards.
22% of new hires who leave their jobs do so within the first 45 days of employment.
It goes without saying that the entire startup process is important. But what are the exact factors that come into play here? We have made a list of the factors:
Not surprisingly, research indicates that a good onboarding increases employee satisfaction. When the newly hired employee gets all the necessary knowledge, the best tools and creates close relationships from the start, the whole process will have a much better starting point – and the individual employee will feel welcome and safe in all the new impressions.
And general satisfaction and well-being bring many good things with them. It is scientifically proven that happy employees perform better. In fact, studies from Oxford University show that happy employees are 13% more productive than unhappy employees.
So yes, another important factor!
It pretty much goes without saying that employee retention is inextricably linked to employee well-being. The most important indicator of loyalty is well-being. And well-being does not come by itself. Well-being is the result of recognition, meaningfulness, relationships and job satisfaction – and all the different factors that now lie under those concepts. When an employee thrives, there is far less risk of him/her resigning. And that’s a pretty powerful incentive for any business. Terminations are the absolute most expensive entry in the accounts, as it costs the company around one million to replace an employee. And that well-being must be prioritized from the time the contract is signed.
If the employee has felt well and safely onboard, then she/he is also more engaged and motivated in the work. A good and safe onboarding creates peace of mind. And that calmness is essential for the individual’s motivation to do their best, develop and become even better within the field and engage more deeply in collegial relationships and the company’s values.
It is said that a realistic onboarding – at its best – takes approx. 3 months. This means that the newly hired employee is only expected to perform 100% 3 months into the employment. It’s a long time. But it only takes even longer if the onboarding process is not optimal. There are even studies that show that the time before performance can be further reduced if love is really put into the onboarding – and that is only preferable – for both employee and company.
High job satisfaction equals high efficiency and low risk of termination. When you are in a job that gives you daily joy and satisfaction, you will also want to stay there – for a long time! And then life is made extra difficult for all the thousands of recruitment agencies out there who are diligently poaching employees from one company to another. You create a much tougher framework for your employees’ loyalty and commitment when you ensure that they are satisfied with the job. And at the same time, you must ensure that if there is something they are not satisfied with, there must be a sense of security in being able to say it out loud – or report it in the ongoing well-being measurement.
The last parameter, which is also one of the most important. A good onboarding means a lower risk for a stressed employee. All beginnings and change are difficult. To everyone. So it is not surprising that just changing jobs, colleagues, locations, work equipment etc. causes a lot of unrest and uncertainty for the individual. If the onboarding is at the same time chaotic or unsatisfactory, then even more salt is rubbed into the big, open wound of change. And that can cause stress. A stress that costs the employee and the company dearly!
Do you know that a Whistleblower scheme is required by law from January 2023? This means that if your company has more than 50 employees, you MUST have a Whistleblower scheme that follows the adopted EU regulations.
You are employed in a company and suddenly discover that laws and regulations are being violated in the company. Now comes the whole dilemma because you know illegal things are going on, but you don’t want to jeopardize your own employment by going to your management with your knowledge. You really don’t want to focus on yourself as a person and as an employee in this scenario. And what if you report something and it doesn’t lead to any action or consequences? What if those involved find out that it was you who reported the whole thing, how will the working environment be in the future? There are really many unknowns in such a situation and the uncertainty will most often (with good reason) lead to you simply keeping your knowledge to yourself and letting things continue.
But what do you do? In its entirety, the Whistleblower scheme is a legal requirement which was introduced on the basis of creating the possibility to report various breaches of rules. It can be criminal offences, breach of confidentiality, misuse of financial resources, theft, fraud, embezzlement, fraud or bribery.
How likely is it that you would recommend your workplace to others?
Boom! You don’t really need more questions if you want to brand your company and ensure that it appears attractive to both your current employees and your future ones.
As a starting point, you must think of The Health and Safety Assessment as an important project every three years. This is what the legislation says, but there are also other instances that you have to take into account.
Clear rules have been drawn up by the Working Environment Authority in relation to how often The Health and Safety Assessment must be carried out. According to the Danish Working Environment Authority’s executive order no. 1234 of 29 October 2018. Chapter 2a – § 6 b, subsection 4.
“A health and safety assessment must be updated when there are changes in the work, working methods and work processes, etc., which have an impact on the company’s working environment, but no later than every three years.”
And what exactly does this paragraph mean? This means that, as a rule, The Health and Safety Assessment must be carried out every three years – as a minimum. It cannot be avoided. But… If there have been any radical changes in the workplace in the meantime, then every three years is not quite enough.
Well, then the company is qualified to carry out a workplace assessment subsequently according to the legislation. And there is a pretty good chance that right now you are in a company that has just undergone a few significant changes in recent years. The post-corona era means a completely new approach to the hybrid workplace, where many employees and companies have now seen the value in working at home a few days a week. A great value. But also an agency that changes the workplace and that the working environment and well-being can be exposed to different and new forms of challenges and problems. It is important for the company and not least the working environment that these problems are discovered, analyzed and dealt with at an early stage – which the Workplace Assessment can help to ensure.
‘The Great Resignation’ is upon us – and more than 40% of all employees are currently considering quitting their jobs. Even if they don’t have a new one in sight. These are tough times for companies. Because a turnover costs a lot on any financial bottom line. So, what can you do?
The employee development interview is your planned and close conversation with your employees. According to Krifa, 85% of Danish companies hold annual employee development interviews. And it’s a good idea, as these conversations are an important part of the big, essential well-being work. Well-being and daily job satisfaction can change relatively quickly for the individual employee – Therefore hold the interview at least once a year to be sure that you keep up to date with the individual’s well-being, expectations and job satisfaction. Employee development interview is an important tool in the whole great well-being work. It cannot stand alone, because of course you also have to run workplace assessment and engagement surveys on an ongoing basis, but the employee development interview is definitely a crucial part.