When we talk about wellbeing in the work place, what comes to mind? Do you start to mull over the strength of your organization’s health benefit package, flexible schedules, and other such perks? Do you think about how you help your staff manage their stress levels? Those elements are certainly part of employee wellbeing, but “wellbeing” applies to so much more.
This facet of wellbeing is probably the one most of us think of first. Traditional workplace programs focused on this area range from on-site health screenings to healthcare plans. If your organization’s physical wellbeing approach, however, focuses simply on the absence of disease or support in treating illness, then keep reading. Physical wellbeing also means having the stamina and focus to handle our daily tasks, whether our jobs require a measure of physical exertion or not. To that end, consider employee programs that encourage healthy eating, exercise, and good sleep habits.
According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, 30% of disability claims stem from mental health problems or illness. Even though mental health issues affect so many, they remain a taboo subject in the workplace. That means that employees in your organization may be coping with mental health issues and remaining quiet, afraid of the stigma that will be attached to them if they speak up. Taking up mental wellbeing in the workplace can include offering benefits that support mental health care, informational webinars, employee assistance programs, work-life balance encouragement, stress management programs, screenings and coaching, and training managers on how to effectively support staff dealing with depression and other mental health issues.
This aspect of wellbeing is often overlooked, and yet your employees’ financial wellbeing can have an impact on their mental and physical wellbeing, as well as their productivity in the office. A survey of Canadian employees by Willis Towers Watson found that 23% identified themselves as struggling and nearly half of those individuals indicated their financial worries were keeping them from performing at their best in the office. These individuals also reported higher stress levels and greater rates of absenteeism. Financial wellbeing programs can range from providing access to personalized financial counseling to seminars focused on fiscal manners.
As you can see, workplace wellbeing has much broader application than health benefits alone. The more you focus on meeting employees’ needs, the more productive and engaged your workforce will be.
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