Work Life Week 2022

Work Life Week 2022

National work-life week is an annual event that encourages companies and employees to discuss workplace well-being. Well-being in the workplace encompasses all aspects of working life, from how employees feel about their jobs, their working environment, the workplace climate, and work structure.

The performance of a business over the long run is significantly influenced by its employees’ well-being. There is a connection between employee productivity and general health and well-being.

With mental health becoming a more widely discussed topic, it is critical to recognise the positive things we do in the workplace to ensure workers well-being. On the other side, we must be honest about our difficulties.

Things we do to support well-being

We like to host events for our employees to show them how much we appreciate their efforts. This not only increases team morale and camaraderie but also provides additional motivation for employees to be more productive at work. This year the team have been fortunate enough to attend the Henley Royal Regatta, as well as recently attending London Bierfest. In previous years we have gone to Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood and many other prestigious events to show our appreciation for the hard work everyone at Kiwi puts in on a daily basis. 

Gin Fridays are yet another opportunity for Kiwi to express its appreciation to its staff. We all start unwinding after a long week by enjoying a gin cocktail every Friday at lunchtime. For the past five years, this has been a weekly event that allows everyone to get together and discuss whatever they want.

We also offer dress-down Fridays. This allows our employees to dress more casually when they come to work. This isn’t required but offering staff the option allows them to choose whichever makes them feel most at ease.

We recently created a little box of thoughts, in which members of our team can anonymously drop a slip expressing whatever they want regarding their work environment and well-being. This might be a personal issue that they think is interfering with their employment, or it could be something they believe we should incorporate as a business. It’s just another way for our staff to express their opinions without having to inform everyone. We think that simple actions like these have a great impact on the well-being of Kiwi employees.

Talking

Sometimes all it takes to persuade someone to open up is a simple question. What’s up? Are things going well today? How did your weekend go? When we are depressed, stressed out, or anxious, we never talk to anyone about how we are feeling. Humans generally dislike talking about their emotions, especially at work where it could seem as though doing so might create a problem in the workplace.  This needs to be changed. 

Example’s like these emphasise how crucial it is to start a conversation. You won’t ever find out how they’re doing unless you ask.

One of our senior staff members will come around at the start of the week and have a brief conversation with each of us to see how our weekends were and if we had any difficulties we wanted to discuss in a private one-on-one environment. It’s a thoughtful gesture that exemplifies the values and respect we have for one another at Kiwi.

Work-life balance

As individuals, we will all have different thoughts on what constitutes a good work-life balance. It is not necessary to split them evenly, but it is vital to be satisfied in both aspects of your life.

We all have families here at Kiwi, and we understand that they must sometimes come before work. This does not lessen their commitment; it simply makes them human. The more aware and adaptable we can be to their needs, the happier they will be at work.

When it comes to applying for a job, well-being in the workplace is becoming ever more significant. Candidates will not want to work with the organisation if there are no measures put in place to ensure their well-being. It is critical in the current day not to fall behind on this. Kiwi Recruitment will continue to prioritise employee well-being and is constantly considering new ways to increase awareness about this issue.

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