Shana Bosler - Jul 7, 2020

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 organisations, 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 programmes 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. 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 organisation’s success.

In fact, wellbeing can positively impact productivity, collaboration, innovation, customer loyalty, retention and organisational performance as studies by O.C. Tanner and the World Economic Forum in partnership with the London School of Economics 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 fulfil the interests of 100% of your staffAnd there are steps you can take to help all team members feel supported by offering a number of programmes they can choose from 

How to Support Employee Wellness 

I’ve identified five areas of focus and few ideas for each that your organisation 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 programmes that: 

  • Support positive thinking 

In our organisation and our products, we utilise the “language of grace,” which means that our language and word choice is always affirmingStudies have shown how positive language supports psychology and more successful outcomes. By investing in tools that affirm your staffs gifts and build positivity, you can help nurture wellbeing. 

  • Focus on mindfulness 

Mindfulness allows employees to be fully present in the moment as well as gain a greater understanding of themselves and their emotional states. Consider providing tools to support mindfulness through training programmes oby sharing relevant articles, apps and resources. 

  • Support emotional regulation 

Managing emotion is a skill that helps individuals navigate stress and enhance wellnessOne of the first building blocks of emotional regulation is having a strong sense of self-awareness. Assessments like the Emergenetics® Profile can provide your employees with the first steps to self-understanding. Download our recent eBook that promotes self-awareness to get started. 

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: 

  • Promote exercise challenges or events 

Health challenges are all over social media right nowand they can be a fun (and funny) way to connect employees while enhancing fitness. If push-up competitions aren’t of interestthough, consider less strenuous challenges like walking, hydration or even taking time off! You may also sponsor a Zoom yoga or at-home workout session. 

  • Offer health stipends 

A wellness stipend can provide your team members with greater flexibility over their health benefits. By offering a specific amount of money to your staff for wellness activities, they have greater freedom to spend the money on activities that meet their interests whether that be a gym membership, fitness classes, at-home workout equipment or something else. 

  • Engage your health insurance provider 

Many insurance providers offer mobile apps, resources or online courses to engage participants in health initiatives that align with their specific interests. If you haven’t already, connect with your provider to see what may be available to share with your team. 

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 programmes that: 

  • Support team building 

Try simple activities like check-in questions at meetings or happy hours to build connections. You can also host more formal training programmes. For example, our virtual workshops help team members get a better understanding of one another and identify practical applications to strengthen collaboration and connection. 

  • Practice gratitude 

When your company culture positively recognises and celebrates staff, employees tend to feel more appreciated and fulfilled at work. Encourage shout out’s in team meetings, create digital message boards where individuals can send kudos to one another or celebrate each other more publicly in company-wide gatherings 

  • Cultivate positive manager-employee relationships 

Managers play an influential role in their team members’ wellbeingProvide your leaders with resources to help them build rapport, support staff needs and coach them for success. Download our leader's guide for leading in a new reality for more tips! 

Workplace wellbeing 

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

  • Identify strengths  

When individuals understand their gifts, they can use them to support their success and engage in more work that energises them. Investing in programmes like Emergenetics, which allow staff to recognise where their strengths lie and can help your team members find greater fulfilment in their jobs. 

  • Provide autonomy 

When employees feel trusted and have some control over their jobs, their workplace wellness can increase. Empower managers with resources that help them mitigate micromanagement and build trust with team members. You may also allow for greater flexibility in your staff’s schedules to enhance their sense of autonomy. 

  • Create professional development opportunities 

To help individuals continue to grow and find purpose in their workinvest in professional development. You may not always have funds to attend a conference or host a training. Still, you can get creative and support employees’ growth by providing resources, webinars and facilitating lunch-and-learns with staff experts. 

Societal wellbeing 

Your organisation can enhance societal wellbeing by building a thriving culture that supports your broader environmentConsider what initiatives you could introduce that: 

  • Prioritise company values 

By connecting your work to the organisation’s values and living them on a daily basis, you can build a positive, cohesive community for your staff. Identify company-wide or team-based programming that can call attention to your values and help individuals connect their roles to the ethos of your organisation. 

  • Support the environment 

Most companies have a desire to “go green.” Include employees in your initiatives by crowd-sourcing ideas or sharing specific action items they can follow in their work-from-home routines, in addition to any company-wide actions you’re taking, to support the environment. 

  • Encourage volunteering 

Community involvement is increasingly important to employees, in particular millennials and Gen Z. Show your staff that you care about more than just work by supporting volunteering initiatives through company-sponsored events or by encouraging individuals to take time off to give back in ways that resonate with them. 

 

Employee wellness initiatives continue to play an important role in organisational health, and as our companies adjust to new styles of working, we’ll continue to see these programmes 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 programme 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.  

 

This article was originally published in Emergenetics International Blog 15 Ways to Enhance Employee Wellness" .

Written by Shana Bosler