Wellbeing is the most important topic to focus on in the workplace today. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted every single person in different ways. It’s more important than ever to make sure your employees have the resources they need for their wellbeing, and this includes more than physical health. Wellbeing also includes emotional and physiological health, personal values, attitudes to work and both personal and professional development.
The impacts of focusing on your employee’s wellbeing are massive. By taking better care of your employees, your organization will only continue to see more successful results for a few reasons. Offering health and wellness services such as Occupational Health Services and Telehealth with the combination of flexible work arrangements and PTO will create higher employee morale which will lead to better retention rates and recruitment efficiency. In fact, statistics show that employees who have strong overall wellbeing are 6x more likely to be engaged at work and are 32% more likely to stay with a company. Read on to find out how you can increase wellbeing in the workplace.
Offer a Wide-Spread Wellness Program
Over the past two decades, the trend for worksite wellness has shifted away from facility-based fitness centers to a more holistic approach of a broader array of informational, educational and motivational programs and activities. This is designed to promote the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of a person’s health. Other offerings you may see in a wellness program include financial wellness seminars, virtual fitness subscriptions, tracking programs and activities such as yoga and meditation. Today’s wellness programming efforts rely on both a combination of low-tech and high-tech delivery systems. Plus, employers are increasingly looking for ways to incorporate an on-site presence into their wellness programs. This can be through the use of wellness coordinators, health coaches or fitness centers. Onsite programming that meets the specific needs of the workforce can bring added value and outcomes to employees and to an organization.
Have an Occupational Health Program in Place
Additionally, having a workplace Occupational Health Service gives staff and managers rapid access to professional specialists which will help protect, maintain and support everyone with health issues in the workplace. Occupational Health covers a variety of activities while also ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations. The goal of an Occupational Health Program? To help maintain a healthy workforce. A program like this will typically offer pre-employment health assessments and provide screening and surveillance services in the initial stages of ill health and develop solutions to make sure that your employees aren’t forced to leave work due to health complications. An Occupational Health Program will also take organizational-wide steps to reduce absence related to sickness or health.
Read more about the benefits of an Occupational Health Program in our new whitepaper, How Promoting and Sustaining Employee Wellbeing Increases Recruitment Efficiency
Create a Flexible Work Environment
In today’s world, candidates are looking for a work environment that’s going to offer a flexible work environment. This could mean a few things such as,
- A hybrid work schedule, which would include days spent both in an office and working from home remotely.
- Flexible working hours; some people may find it easier to work 10 to 6 or others, 7 to 3 depending on what hours they feel the most productive or the schedule of their partner or kids.
- A fully remote option, the world of work has changed forever. Many people are used to working from home for the last 2 years and may find that they feel more productive without the worry of a commute or going into an office.
- Unlimited PTO that is flexible and accessible.
Offering a flexible work environment and focusing on your employee’s wellbeing can create long-term retention rates that will only benefit your business. Find out more in DZConneX's whitepaper, How Promoting and Sustaining Employee Wellbeing Increases Recruitment Efficiency here.