We all have experienced how the pandemic has upended the normal work environment and in some cases the lives of many corporate employees. The precarious conditions that most of the corporate employee’s experienced resulted in triggering an epidemic of burnout and also left many employees struggling to cope. In several studies, it has been indicated that more than 70 percent of workforce have described the pandemic as the most stressful time in their professional careers.
A research conducted by Oracle and Workplace Intelligence found that 2020 was the most stressful year people have ever experienced in their working lives. 78% of the workers surveyed said that the pandemic has negatively affected their mental health, 76% indicated that companies should be doing more to protect workers’ mental health, and a staggering 85% said that newfound work-related stress is affecting their home lives.
Healthy employees = More business + Higher revenues
The Future Workplace 2021 HR Sentiment survey found that 68% of senior HR leaders rated employee well-being and mental health as a top priority.
Organisations and employers recognise the impact of having healthy, happy and stress-free workforce as they are more productive and constructive than an overworked, burnt-out or unhealthy workforce.
68% of senior HR leaders rated employee well-being and mental health as a top priority.
Wellness matters because everything an individual does and every emotion, he, she feels directly relates to their well-being and their professional goal achievements in turn affecting the organisational performance.
Workplace wellness is essentially well-being initiatives that an organisation adopts as a policy to support healthy actions and to improve overall wellbeing of the employees. Workplace wellness helps the employees to enrich their physical, mental, emotional, occupational and social well-being.
Benefits of wellness programmes
Employee wellness programs have multiple benefits, both for the employers and the employees. Here are some key benefits of incorporating corporate wellness programs in the organisation:
- Reduces stress among employees
- Healthier Individuals
- Creates Work Life Harmony
- Generates Positive Influence on Company Culture
- Boosts Productivity
- Reduces Absenteeism
- Improves Recruitment and Retention
- Builds Higher Morale
- Increases Adaptability
A Harvard study concluded that each dollar spent on wellness programs saves employers about $3 in healthcare costs and another $3 in reduced absenteeism.
Organisations recognise the impact of having healthy, happy and stress-free workforce as they are more productive and constructive.
The heart of any business is its people. They are the organisation’s liveliness and force towards the future. Some of the activities that an organisation can incorporate as a part of corporate wellness programme to bring transformation-
Implementing workplace wellness programs involves organisations to follow some specific steps which revolve around:
- Setting Goals
Creating wellness goals that are beneficial to both the organisation and the workforce is imperative to the success of the wellness programme.
- Forming a team
It is essential to form a team which is responsible for planning and executing the wellness programme which should have people from different departments of the organisation.
Designing the wellness programme forms the essence of how it will be rolled out. At this stage, budgets are created, ideas are researched, and employee needs are ascertained.
- Taking feedback
For the wellness programme to be successful, regular feedbacks should be taken and the necessary improvements or amendments should be done on a regular basis.
While a wellness programme includes a broad spectrum of activities that an organisation can offer to their employees, some of the activities that can help employees in their emotional, social and mental well-being are:
Being mindful is about paying attention to what is happening within and outside us without judging it. It helps in being more aware of the state of mind and thus creating a stronger connection with self. Consequently, facilitate the organisation in increasing productivity while developing resilient and happy workforce. Organisations such as Google, Nike, and Apple have already implemented mindfulness into their culture.
Mindfulness activities include:
- Mindful Meditation
The practice of meditation focuses on one’s breathing, and it helps in getting the minds to focus on present and stop it from wandering or even worrying.
- Mindful Gratitude
Being thankful and caring towards co-workers and in general to those around is a great technique to appreciate teamwork and collaboration. People who express gratitude are happier, have stronger immune systems and are almost 50% more productive than those who don’t.
- Mindful Affirmation
Personal Affirmations helps in bringing positivity and reminds one to be mindful in life.
While Yoga has many physical benefits, it also is a great stress reliever. Yoga is an effective way to incorporate self-care and doing it at work helps in creating commitment with the organisation.
Embedding wellness as a part of the review process can help in creating a culture of care for the employees. The review conversation can help the organisation to understand the areas that can be improved and elevated in creating a robust wellness programme.
Wellness as leader
As a leader, one needs to walk the talk for which it’s not just about prioritising wellness and announcing a few virtual wellness events or talks. Each leader should display the responsibility towards company’s commitment to well-being. Being a leader also implies valuing your own well-being, showing your team that you value theirs, too.
Workplace wellness is essentially well-being initiatives that an organisation adopts as a policy to support wellbeing of employees.
In practice, this may mean actually using your vacation days or being open about reserving your calendar for a therapy appointment. Being open to listen and to act on various wellness opportunities is to set an example for your team to follow your lead.
Workplace wellness helps employees to enrich physical, mental, emotional, occupational and social well-being.
Wellness at workplace should not be confined to health insurances or health check-ups but should extend to all those areas that can improve physical, mental, social and intellectual wellbeing. Thus, putting a well curated corporate wellness programme is need of the hour to transform the people’s lives and in turn transform the organisation.
Wellness matters because everything an individual does and every emotion, relates to their well-being and achievements, which can affect organisational performance.