Employee Wellbeing: What's your Vision?

Employee Wellbeing

What’s your Vision?

Introducing Wellbeing into your workforce can be difficult, we see a couple of key elements being deciding factors in this process and today we address the first one, Does your Wellness Program provide an adequate education to employees of all ages?

The top two health issues reported from workers have not changed much in the last few decades. MSDs (muscular-skeletal diseases) and SAD (stress, anxiety and depression) are always the top 2 issues. So any wellness program needs to address these areas (ESRI: Helen Russell, Bertrand Maître and Dorothy Watson; Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders, and Stress, Anxiety and Depression in Ireland, 2014).

At Fitvision, we don’t follow fads but work with evidence-based programs that are tried and tested, and get results for our clients. We monitor the market continuously to understand what workers and our clients need, but we focus on being results based and on increasing engagement from our clientbase. We encourage you to do the same, a strong onsite offering addressing the issues above supported by an online tool can aid employees at every stage on their wellbeing journey.

Top 3 obstacles to wellbeing are:

• Workplace stress

• Motivation

• Unmanageable work hours

9 in 10 HR professionals name poor health, high stress, and lack of sleep as factors impacting employee well-being. Employees themselves tend to underestimate the power of small changes whether it is a walk at  lunch time or just an adequate water intake, these little shifts can improve mood, energy and as a result productivity but are something that need to be reinforced in the right way. Running campaigns with rewards attached can be another excellent way to engage the workforce and promote healthy sustainable changes.

78% of employees who participate in workplace wellbeing programs feel more energetic and productive at work and beyond. (“Business of Healthy Employees Survey,” Virgin Pulse, 2016)

The best habits to help manage our Wellbeing often are the ones your workforce are having trouble making the time for: eating right, sleeping well, and exercising. Furthermore, the chronic stress that fuels burnout can feel exhilarating, low-grade stress and anxiety however is detrimental in the long run. If employees lack the resources to deal with the pressure and demands, it’ll lead to eventual burnout.

We find one key solution is Education

At Fitvision, we don’t believe in the “one size fits all” approach to wellness, and we provide programs and offerings that are both personalised and flexible. Committing to a culture where wellbeing education for employees takes precedence is the first step. On-site educational wellbeing programs (or combination programs, which have an element of both online and offline) often have greater success rates than online-only programs. In today’s corporate environment, we often have 3-4 generations of people working in the same company and their needs vary greatly. Ensuring that people engage with the programs and increase their activity levels is crucial.

If you are running exercise classes for employees, you can provide them with short workouts they can do whilst travelling or at home to ensure they can get 5 x 30 Minutes of Exercise per week. Another area could be offering healthy meals onsite, this will also give you the opportunity to have workshops educating your staff on how to reproduce these healthy meals at home. Finally, a recovery process which protects against burnout is vitally important. Teaching employees how to destress effectively, whether this is through meditation or just encouraging downtime during the day, can go a long way. By positively engaging in this as a company you will highlight the message that employee wellbeing is central to your values.

Takeaway Tip: Engagement comes when employees feel they are heard. Work closely with your Wellbeing Partner to develop a year-round strategy that is employee focused, regardless of budget a Wellbeing program can be maintained with the right strategy centred around education.

 

 

mark o reilly