Category: Life at GoodWorks

What Goes Into Employee Wellness?

“We are embedding health and well-being at the heart of our business strategy because our people are our greatest asset, and we recognize that a healthy, happy and committed workforce is vital to our business success.” — Alex Gourlay, MD, Boots UK

With the pandemic and work-from-home taking over the existing working model, organizations noticed the impact of Employee Wellness, the latest buzzword in the professional industries. Many organizations lacked the necessary work boundaries, time check, etc. which led to decreased employees’ satisfactions and motivations. Initially, firms used to focus on providing physical health benefits but now, employee wellness is so much more than just physical fitness. 

So what is Employee Wellness?

It is all about optimizing the overall well-being of the employees — primarily physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being. A healthy workforce is a productive workforce, as good health and wellness leads to increased productivity and employee focus, and reduced company healthcare costs. Going into the depth of the importance of employee wellness and simple ways to monitor it. 

  • Employee Engagement

Enhanced and engaging conversations amongst employees is a great way to build employee wellness. Many HR departments try to incorporate programs which involve team-building activities. As per Semos Cloud, research says that 85% of companies have benefited from wellness programs that support employee engagement. Other than far-reaching programs, giving positive feedback, one-on-one sessions, and employee recognition are some simple ways to engage employees on a personal level with the firm.

  • Enhanced Employee Productivity

Employee Wellness checks on a timely basis helps identify the concern areas and gives employers enough data to connect with specific employees and communicate the solutions. For example, sending out feedback surveys, tracking the working hours (Is it frequent over-time?), tracking sick leaves, etc. can help employers get a fair idea of all the employees and have a transparent conversation.

  • Talent Attraction & Retention

Adapting to Employee Wellness programs help employers build a better company portfolio which, in turn, helps attract the right talent. Prospective employees are increasingly value-driven and equally aware with access to vast knowledge. To maintain employee loyalty and retain talent, such values need to be seen in action. Exit interviews are also a simple way to understand the underlying concerns of the employees’ in general and the management.

Conclusion

Employee wellness is a combined effort of the employers, employees and the society as a whole. For starters, employers can invest in organizing activities like mediation, yoga sessions, marathons, etc. as group activities. They can also provide gym memberships, counseling sessions, subscription to wellness apps, etc. for keeping track of emotional wellness. For financial wellness, firms can help organize talks around finance topics with industry experts. For introverted employees, one-on-one sessions with the manager or the direct leadership can help to keep the conversation going.

As a leading company in India that provides high-end digital platform strategy and services, GoodWorkLabs makes sure to support the overall well-being of our employees and the workspace as a whole and our actions always reflect our policies.

To learn more, head over to our homepage at: https://www.goodworklabs.com/

 

The Future Of Work: Remote Hiring Trends

With the lethal Covid-19 spreading terror and taking lives, the job market, as we know, has undergone a tectonic shift. At the present, remote work is not a “may-be” option, but rather a conscious choice made by companies to maximize productivity. Several surveys state that remote work is not going anywhere anytime soon. While 2020 may have set remote work on trending, 2022 is here to declare some massive changes in remote hiring. In this article, we will discuss trends related to remote hiring.

Top remote hiring trends in 2022

While the vicious pandemic has retreated, work culture has changed tremendously. It seems that business organizations across the world have finally realized the advantages of remote work. Take a look at the top trends related to remote hiring here –

1-Virtual onboarding

One of the most talked-about remote hiring trends is virtual onboarding. Onboarding is mainly the procedure of ensuring that the new employees understand the layout and work culture of the company. Similarly, virtual onboarding implies the completion of the procedure online. Not only is the process efficient, but it also saves a great deal of money. You don’t actually have to invest time to personally show them the office. If you use reliable software, the new employees won’t need to come to the office to understand the work.

2- More productivity

Unrecognized beliefs led businesses to think that remote working wasn’t all that productive. Contrary to those beliefs, remote work has proved to be more productive than in-office work. That is mainly due to the fact that employees worked from the safety of their homes without worrying about the outside world. Moreover, the ability to take breaks when needed and lack of constant supervision does wonders for work efficiency. Some employees thrive when they are given a certain amount of freedom while working.

3-Vaccine mandates

Covid-19 vaccine mandates for offices were not an easy decision. Business organizations took a great amount of time to deliberate if taking vaccines would be a compulsory rule. However, due to the emergency of different variants of the virus, businesses were unwilling to take any chances. That led to the establishment of the vaccine mandates. Now, companies are focused on adopting multiple measures to keep the workplace safe and secure. Lately, there has been a decline in the vaccine mandate declaration.

4-Online skill testing

With remote working comes the process of digitized hiring. The inability to conduct face-to-face interviews in the pandemic has led to the emergence of online interviews and skill testing. Numerous employers use a wide range of assessments and tests to evaluate the expertise and skills of potential employees. In order to understand the competency of the employees, tests that can measure software knowledge, language skills, aptitude, and other soft skills are conducted. Using online tests to evaluate the skills is an easy, hassle-free, and efficient procedure.

5-Sitting ordeal

It is true that the pandemic has made a huge impact on the working culture. Due to the work-from-home concept, professionals had to work long hours sitting in one place. The absence of commuting is a reason for the rising back and shoulder problems. Ultimately, it has led to an increase in various health risks. In order to prevent the situation, active steps need to be taken. For this, employers often provide standing desks or compulsory stretch breaks for keeping the employees healthy.

Conclusion

These are the top trends that are ready to redefine remote work and hiring. As remote work gains more prominence, more and more companies and individuals are favoring it. We can definitely expect more changes to reshape the working culture in the upcoming years. It’s not just about including individuals from the broad spectrum but also, developing a company mentality that willingly accepts different people and voices their opinions equally. Diverse leadership can provide training programs for the team members to help them understand diversity, formal approaches, and tools to respond to each other’s differences.

GoodWorkLabs is a leading company in India that provides high-end digital platform strategy and services to customers, it is our responsibility to have a diverse, knowledgeable team with equally diverse leadership. GoodWorks is working on a hybrid model since the onset of the pandemic. To learn more about us, head over to our homepage at: https://www.goodworklabs.com/

Life at GoodWorkLabs: Leadership

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,
do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

In today’s fast-paced times, there are endless challenges at every step. At times like these, every firm setup needs leadership that adapts, motivates, and devises strategic solutions, while honoring the needs of every employee. Good leadership skills are capable of changing the course of where a firm is headed.

So what exactly is the role of the team leader? And how do we, at GoodWorkLabs, train our employees for bigger challenges? At GoodWorkLabs, with the employment of various techniques and practices, we make sure all our employees are not only getting equal opportunities to grow and expand themselves but also, prepare them for a bigger, brighter future.

Importance of a Good Leader

A team leader is someone who establishes a set of expectations, monitors progress, motivates, and provides guidance and support to the team members so that the tasks at hand can be completed successfully. The role of the leader is to be a communicator, problem-solver, and resource-provider for teams to reach set goals.

At the start of every project, the team leader does the initial hand-holding during the inception of the process. The leader must make sure the project’s health is good and to proactively address red flags and escalation if any. To avoid loss of communication in translations, we make sure to use innovative tools like JIRA, Confluence, Slack, GIT, GITLAB, Zeplin, and Invision to ensure continuous communication and collaboration across teams.

Opportunities And Learnings For Entry-Level Employees For Leadership Positions

At GoodWorkLabs, we believe that every small step matters. And every learning (big or small) can make a huge difference in your career graph and that’s why we provide several opportunities for our employees to learn leadership skills and make the best of their departments.

GoodWorkLabs believes in the Continuous Development of our employees. This is made possible through several ways – upskill/reskill. There are many comprehensive programs to groom resources such as on-the-job training, in-house talent identification programs so that they can be identified and trained methodically, and competency assessment programs to assess employee competencies, their strengths, and weaknesses, so that customized programs can be developed for these young leaders.

The hiring philosophy involves hiring problem solvers mainly and people who are passionate about technology and are well-acquainted with high scalability experience. 

Employees can also subscribe to several online courses such as Udemy, Upgrad, etc. for training on upcoming skills and technologies. 

Since GoodWorkLabs is a Google-certified agency, it is equally important for our developers to be trained by Google directly on the latest Google tech. There’s also client-specific training such as DevOps, Scrum, etc. so that we can discuss at length with our prospective clients their needs and requirements.

Conclusion

We’re always on the lookout for building, enhancing, and celebrating the huge powerhouse of talent at GoodWorkLabs. Our Talent Hunt Show held in December 2021 was also one of the many events that were organized to find the other hidden talents in our employees, other than being super awesome at developing, coding, etc.

As a leading company in India and globally that provides high-end digital platform strategy and services, it is our duty to give the equal best to our employees and our actions always reflect our policies. To learn more, head over to our homepage at: https://www.goodworklabs.com/

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