In today’s rapidly changing work landscape, organisations need to consider how to improve their company culture and mental health more than anything. With many individuals working from home, focusing on a work-life balance or facing uncertainty about the future of their work, it is more important than ever to focus on one of the biggest differentiators to an organisation - your employees and the collective culture they create.
There are many ways to improve and the benefits of having one that is well-defined, inclusive and engaging are immense. One of the most important and successful ways to do this is to incorporate a well-designed corporate wellness programme into your organisation’s culture and strategies. Doing so can bring many benefits such as increased productivity, better performance and happier and healthier employees, to name a few.
With remote working a topical factor in the way we now operate in 2021, many employees may feel isolated and removed from their usual working habits or colleagues. This makes reaching out to employees and making them feel part of a collective culture that is much more important.
Wellness needs to be approached differently.
Wellness needs to be the rule, not the exception. Rather than the traditional focus of making sure employees take fewer sick days or lowering healthcare costs, organisations need to incorporate an ecosystem of wellbeing initiatives to make sure employees want to stay and be part of your organisation - therefore also improving retention and attraction strategies.
We know from studies and a rise in mental and physical well being that to reduce absenteeism or increase productivity at work, a big factor is the health and wellbeing of the individual. Elements such as exercise, a good diet, and lowered stress all contribute to an individual’s wellbeing. However, just this alone isn’t going to be enough to truly prioritise your workforce’s wellness to improve your company culture. This is because employees want more than just a gym membership, or just encouragement to be healthier in their personal lives. As social beings, individuals want to connect, share learnings and feel like they are contributing positively not just to their wellness, but the bigger cause.
Corporate wellness programmes approached holistically can help foster engagement and support employees, the tools to lead an active life, and inspiration to be more productive at work, turn wellness into an everyday conversation and make coming into work so much more enjoyable. Happy, satisfied and engaged employees willing to contribute actively to your organisational culture are your key differentiator.
This article provides general health and wellbeing information. It is not intended to be medical or nutritional advice specific to you. Please consult an appropriate healthcare professional, such as your GP, a registered dietitian or nutritionist for any specific concerns.