The importance of employee wellness
Make it clear that it’s ok to not be ok
It doesn’t matter how many well-being programmes you offer if your culture isn’t supportive. Well-being initiatives work best in organisations that have a strong foundation of respect, trust, collaboration, caring, and empathy where colleagues root for each other.
People need to feel safe taking time to take care of themselves and asking for help — especially when it comes to mental health.
- Offer, and have leaders promote programmes for mental health and mindfulness, such as counselling, meditation groups, and stress management training.
- Encourage managers to be supportive of team members participating in well-being programmes.
- Invite leaders to speak in an open and transparent way about their own struggles and how they manage them.
If you get this right, an employee will be as comfortable saying that they’re going to meditate or going to therapy as they are that they’re going to the dentist.
Focus on digital wellness
With so many employees working from home, the majority of their interactions are now virtual. And the digital workspace has never been more important to their experience.
Create the space to succeed
With digital workspaces, companies can deliver a secure, reliable, and consistent experience that removes the noise and distractions from work, enabling employees to focus, innovate, and create value. And they can even integrate well-being into their days, leveraging microapp capabilities that allow them to drive vital tasks associated with well-being such as:
- Conducting quick pulse surveys to track and improve employee happiness
- Sharing positive news to increase morale
- Recognising colleagues and their achievements to foster engagement and community
- Surface relevant content and FAQs to support employees and empower them to be well on all fronts – physically, mentally, financially, spiritually, and emotionally
We’re all experiencing the challenges of the pandemic in different ways. But one thing is universal: When people experience a state of well-being at work, they can unlock their potential, work purposefully and creatively, successfully manage everyday stress, and make meaningful contributions to the success of the entire organisation.