What to include in a Holistic Employee Wellness Program?

  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Financial Wellbeing
  • Physical & Digital Wellbeing
  • Social Wellbeing

Mental Wellbeing

According to a recent survey by Monster, 69% of employees working from home, experienced severe burnout and 42% of global employees have experienced a decline in mental health since the pandemic began. Some of the major factors impacting employee mental wellbeing during these times may include Performance Pressure, Poor Job prospects, Work Family Contact, Relationship Problems with Colleagues, etc. Many organizations are making local mental health resources like therapists, psychiatrists, suicide hotlines, or meditation and yoga classes, readily available for their employees in an anonymous manner.

Financial Wellbeing

There are motivation factors and there are hygiene factors. If employees aren’t able to bring food to the table, no amount of other interventions would help. But the hard reality is that you cannot manage to pay hefty bonuses and increments to your employees, when your business itself has taken a downturn. While most employees stress over the fear of a low raise or no raise, the ambiguity and lack of clear communication around the same seems to add to the worry much more than the result itself!

Physical and Digital Wellbeing

For organizations where employees continue to work on-site, regular communication on safety precautions being undertaken is a must. Employers can provide immunity-boosting and healthy food options at the workplace and access to nutrition coaches as well. The focus should be on prevention and health maintenance.

Social Wellbeing

The social component of the well-being strategy is probably the least spoken. With the pandemic limiting everyone’s social interactions and mandatory social distancing rules, employees need an option to socialize safely and have healthy interactions with each other. Whether it is working remotely or from the office, employers can leverage collaborative tools to increase communication between employees and boost the workforce’s morale. Innovative platforms for connecting different cohorts of employees with different levels of leadership, while encouraging frequent employee-manager connects and check-ins will help bring clarity in the work. It is always helpful to have frequent informal videos from senior leadership that are empathetic and talk personally about challenges that they understand people are going through. This could help lessen the power distance at workplace and eventually create an environment of trust and provide assurance to employees.

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