Programs

It’s time to check your employee wellness programs

During the last years, employee wellness conversations skyrocketed — and rightly so. But for many organizations, it seems that the responsibility stops there: only 24% of workers strongly agree that their employer cares about their well-being. It’s important that we continue to have these conversations — but the truth is, talking is cheap when it comes to keeping employees happy, healthy, and engaged.

Well-being takes shape in many forms. As you can imagine, mental health tops the list, but there are four additional dimensions to employee wellbeing that can help you address the individual needs of each member of your team.

1. Mental: keep emotional well-being in mind

Providing a space to support employee mental health should be a no-brainer at this point. The pandemic has taken a toll on everyone, for different reasons, but giving people a safe space to speak their minds helps build connections and build empathy within the organization.

To truly destigmatize mental health in the workplace, leaders must lead the way. For example, our CEO recently shared how she has used our modern healthcare delivery and the impact it has had on her life in a company at all levels, which has sparked even more conversations across the organization. .

2. Physics: Go Beyond Stage Challenges

Workplace wellness often conjures up images of stepping challenges, but I believe the best physical wellness programs are both more inclusive and impactful in the long run. From micro-breaks throughout the day to health reimbursement opportunities and a focus on recharge and recovery, there are myriad ways to help employees prioritize their wellbeing. physical.

At our People Ops team meetings, we’re incorporating screen breaks into everyone to really prioritize and normalize time to unplug, breathe, or stretch, and throughout the pandemic we’ve been hosting webinars on holistic nutrition and sleep to ensure our employees have the opportunity to prioritize their physical health in a meaningful way, both on and off the job.

3. Social: creating connection paths

If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that humans are social beings. The isolation that many feel amid the pandemic is still a major concern for remote workers who may never meet their colleagues in person. Without these chance encounters in the hallways, we need to be proactive and determined in how we reach out to each other.

Nurturing authentic connections through ERGs, remote mixers, and non-work related Slack channels helps create a sense of belonging that can make all the difference, especially for those working from home.

4. Environment: Support sustainable development initiatives

More than ever, employees consider their company’s sustainability efforts to be paramount to their own job satisfaction. We all want to work for a company that has a positive impact in the world, right?

Given the growing importance of sustainability, we should create opportunities for employees to get involved internally and externally. It doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking, for example, we have a lively Slack channel where employees share their tips for going green. In short, by taking care of the environment, you take care of your employees.

5. Professional: Provide opportunities for career growth

Professional development might not seem like it belongs on this list, but it’s essential to making sure employees feel valued. Investing time and effort to develop their skills and support their career path not only has a positive impact on the employee, but also on your business.

As leaders rethink the role of employee wellbeing amid rising burnout and rising quit rates, this is an opportunity to put your money where your mouth is and commit to adding sustainable, long-term support for all. Not just band-aid solutions.

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