Fit for Work: Reshaping the Way You Approach Workplace Wellness

03.08.2017

Good health means different things to different people. For some, it can mean waking up alert and ready to take on the day. For others, it can mean mastering some new stress management technique, or finally getting their finances in order.

For someone grappling with a chronic condition, it can be as simple as getting through the day without an episode. So, why do so many companies approach wellness from a singular perspective?

For years, many workplace wellness programs have been guilty of putting the spotlight on physical wellness while overlooking the other aspects of well-being. That’s understandable since most of us gravitate toward fitness and nutrition when we think about wellness.

Recently, however, there’s been a shift by many employers to take a more holistic approach that takes the overall well-being into account. Not only do these programs encourage higher engagement, but they also add undeniable value to their programs and contribute to a healthier workforce.

So, how can you get in on the action? For starters, you need to make sure all your bases are covered:

Emotional Wellness

Stress is a normal and unavoidable part of life, especially at work. But that doesn’t mean that your employees should walk around with the weight of the world on their shoulders.

Programs that address emotional well-being can help employees discover ways to better manage their stress and reduce some of the negative effects it can cause.

Social Wellness

Most people are social creatures. We crave social interaction, and typically enjoy spending time with each other. That’s why it’s important to look for ways to bring employees together and encourage them to build stronger friendships at work.

There are many ways to do this; however, if your wellness program includes social elements like friendly challenges, you should start by leveraging them to help build some camaraderie among your team.

Financial Wellness

Stress is a big no-no for anyone trying to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. And money woes are one of the leading causes of stress. Financial issues can also lead to lapses in concentration, which can affect work output and crush morale.

Fortunately, many wellness programs are now starting to incorporate financial wellness into their program designs. If your provider offers financial wellness, it’s worth taking a look to see how these services can help your employees improve their budgeting skills and better manage their funds.

Intellectual Wellness

Few things in life are as satisfying as learning something new. Nurturing this passion for constant growth and lifelong learning can help employees stay engaged at work, and help satisfy their thirst for knowledge. If your program offers educational resources, it’s important to spread the word so that your employees know where to look when they get curious.

Just like the power of the dark side, overall well-being should not be underestimated. If you haven’t done so already, perhaps now is a good time to re-evaluate your program and decide how it stacks up across the entire spectrum of wellness.

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