It’s no secret to say that this past year has thrown in a number of challenges for businesses, in particular, SMEs. It has left some business owners feeling incredibly anxious about what is to come.
But with restrictions having been lifted, and the economy picking up, some positivity shines through. We can imagine how businesses who might have felt gloomy about their future can begin to see a glimmer of hope in the distance. For businesses that are feeling optimistic, nearly a third of firms expect their income to increase, with those in retail, arts and hospitality being the most hopeful, despite having been hit the hardest by consecutive lockdowns.
At WorkLife, we think this is extremely encouraging to see. Steve Bee, our director noted that “despite the immense challenges, UK SMEs have continued to adapt and embody the entrepreneurial spirit our country is famous for,” showing his admiration for the hope that SMEs are showing at this time.
Where employers can agree is that the provision of employee wellbeing is one of the most important things in building back businesses. Because of this, canny employers are taking more of an interest in employee wellbeing as it has been shown to help employee happiness, which is crucial to employee productivity. What we are saying is – employees are the driving force behind businesses, and they will be the real champions of when companies gain their strength back post-pandemic.
As a WorkLife member, your employer has provided you with a number of benefits to help better your wellbeing. At your fingertips you have access to discounts from all types of retail stores and restaurants, a financial wellbeing tool and a mental wellbeing app where you can access Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and tips for meditation techniques, amongst other exciting features.
Your employer values your wellbeing and understands the importance of nurturing it in order to help their business survive and grow at this difficult time. We can all agree that the last year has presented its challenges, but now it is time to look toward the future with some positivity and see how we can emerge from the rubble even stronger. So make use of your benefit suite by visiting your WorkLife portal today and see how you can improve your wellbeing!