Wellbeing is gaining momentum as a significant driver of performance and profit. Today’s successful businesses understand a connection exists between the health and wellbeing of their employees and the health of their bottom line. The research is well documented— workplace wellbeing raises morale, attendance, engagement and productivity (Gallup and MIT).
What is workplace wellbeing? Wellbeing is evolving beyond physical health to a whole-person (mind and body) approach. Wellbeing encompasses five key areas of wellness: Occupational, Intellectual, Social, Emotional and Physical Wellness. When companies touch all five areas of wellbeing, workers and organizations thrive.
Three steps to promote a culture of wellbeing:
1) An easy first step into wellbeing is to measure employee engagement, a primary indicator of wellbeing. Wellbeing and employee engagement go hand and hand as two powerful forces for high-performance. Engaged employees are committed to the organization, emotionally attached to their job and excited about accomplishing their best work. Find out where your workplace stands with an engagement assessment.
2) Identify a priority area of wellbeing (select one of the five) and set organizational and individual goals around it. Solicit employee ideas for wellbeing activities and incorporate them. For example, if you begin with occupational wellbeing, bring in a workshop to enrich career satisfaction. Or if you start with physical wellness, do a lunch and learn health series on hot topics.
3) Communicate, encourage and reward participation in wellbeing activities. Recognize employees for their wellbeing achievements to reinforce its value, increase involvement and help wellbeing spread.
Trying out one small component of wellbeing can be a trial run to see how your employees respond. If it’s successful, add another offering a few weeks later and hopefully work up to a more comprehensive program. Even if you don’t have the resources to implement a complete wellness program, taking these initial steps will show your employees you value their wellbeing. Support your workforce in meeting their mind and body needs and you’ll gain more energized, engaged employees who come to work strong each day.
Sunny Klein Lurie, Advanced Performance, Inc.