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15 Ways to Enhance Employee Wellness

Health and wellbeing have understandably been top of mind in recent months. In my inbox alone, there are countless messages that encourage me to take care of myself. What’s important about the call to “take care,” though, is the understanding that wellness means more than just physical health.

For organizations, that distinction is important. As employees shift to remote work, many of us can’t even access the office gym or healthy snacks that were cornerstones of wellness initiatives only months ago. Now, as staff adjust to uncertain times, hybrid teams and different workspaces, companies should re-examine health through a broader lens.

In the new work reality, wellness programs should become more holistic and expand beyond office walls to help staff truly take care of themselves wherever they are working.

The Impact of Employee Wellbeing on Business

Wellbeing is the experience of health, happiness and prosperity [1]. It includes good mental health, life satisfaction, purpose and the ability to manage stress. Happiness doesn’t just support your employees’ sense of wellness, it also helps staff feel more engaged and interested in contributing to your organization’s success.

In fact, wellbeing can positively impact productivity, collaboration, innovation, customer loyalty, retention and organizational performance as studies by O.C. Tanner [2] and the World Economic Forum in partnership with the London School of Economics [3] have shown.

At Emergenetics, we know that every individual has their unique set of preferences, which means that there isn’t one approach that will fulfill the interests of 100% of your staff. And there are steps you can take to help all team members feel supported by offering a number of programs they can choose from.

How to Support Employee Wellness

I’ve identified five areas of focus and a few ideas for each that your organization can consider as you rethink or launch your offerings.

Emotional wellbeing

When team members are emotionally fulfilled, they can manage stress, understand and positively channel emotions and be resilient. Consider programs that:

Physical wellbeing

While all staff may not have access to a gym or fitness center, companies can still help individuals to improve physical health with initiatives that:

Social wellbeing

Remote and on-site employees need to develop meaningful relationships with others and create a support network to enhance their social prosperity. Identify programs that:

Workplace wellbeing

People thrive in workplaces that allow them to pursue their interests and find purpose and enrichment. Reflect on what programs you can launch that:

Societal wellbeing

Your organization can enhance societal wellbeing by building a thriving culture that supports your broader environment. Consider what initiatives you could introduce that:

Employee wellness initiatives continue to play an important role in organizational health, and as our companies adjust to new styles of working, we’ll continue to see these programs evolve to support a new sort of work experience. Start to enhance your staff’s prosperity by targeting a few of the areas listed above to design a wellness program that holistically supports your workers.

Emergenetics can be a good first step on the journey to holistic wellbeing. Fill out the form below to connect with a team member today.