Function Point Introduces Wellness Days
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Health can be defined as the absence of disease, but wellness is more about a person’s lifestyle and taking charge of their choices to stay healthy. Nowadays, more and more people are waking up to the fact that work-related stress has become an epidemic negatively impacting companies and their employees.
When staff are actively engaged and comfortable in their workplace, they are also happier and ready to go above and beyond to achieve the company’s goals.
As we previously discussed on our Executive Corner Blog “How To Manage Staffing Shortage”‘, studies show that 72% of potential employees consider work-life balance when job searching, whilst a highly engaged workforce increases profitability by 21%.
After the impact of an unexpected and unprecedented pandemic in 2020, Function Point was one of many companies that shifted to working 100% remotely.
We were able to benefit from this policy in many ways! We have spent less time commuting to work and more time being present at home with our families. There were fewer excuses to avoid exercise and more reasons to go outside for a walk. Greater flexibility enabled us to do daily chores more effectively.
Although we were all excited about this new way of working, we also learned about the downsides of being a 100% remote workplace.
Recent studies on the effects of remote work found that most employees show signs of burnout when having virtual meetings every day. For example, 38% of remote employees reported feeling exhausted after daily virtual sessions, while 30% said they felt stressed. This research was conducted in 2020 when shifting to working remotely because of the pandemic.
Furthermore, in-person events and gatherings decreased significantly and are now harder to accommodate. Remote work allowed many companies to hire new employees within their country or even abroad. Making co-workers connect and create strong bonds is now more challenging.
Mental health has also been an essential topic of discussion as many people have struggled with being isolated and losing many of their social contacts.
To stay true to our core value of being “people obsessed,” we decided to implement “Function Point Wellness Days.”
Wellness days are designated time-off to recharge batteries, putting our staff in the right headspace for their jobs.
Function Point is no stranger to regularly gathering feedback from our employees to better understand how they feel about the workplace and the direction the company is going.
In January 2022, we were proudly certified as a Great Place to Work® after a thorough, independent analysis conducted by the Great Place to Work Institute® in Canada. This certification is based on employees’ direct feedback. How? Through an extensive and anonymous survey about their workplace experience. We also received the Best Workplaces™ in Technology certification this August. To be eligible for this list, organizations must be Great Place to Work® – Certified in the past year, work primarily in the Technology Industry, and have exceptionally high levels of trust based on their Trust Index scores as evaluated by their employees.
“Work-life balance has always been a difficult balancing act. As we shifted from working in-office to officially being a remote organization and enjoying some of the benefits that come with that, such as no more commuting, it also comes with challenges such as no more natural breaks in the day at a water cooler and sharing lunches. Instead, many of us are literally just at our desks all day.
We were all bombarded and still affected daily by the impacts of the pandemic and other global incidents such as the continued war in Ukraine.
With all this in an age of constant, quick changes and technology hypergrowth, it can be hard to manage stress and anxiety and prevent burnout at work”. Bobby Floujeh, CEO.
All staff at Function Point are encouraged to avoid work on FP Wellness Day and take time to relax, rest and recharge.
We also provided our team with some staycation ideas to consider for this day, but we mainly suggested doing whatever they needed to, anything but work!
We sincerely hope this extra day will motivate and lead to happier lives and team members at Function Point.