“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.
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.
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